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Victim in fiery, fatal 18-wheeler crash identified as Baltimore man

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Authorities are releasing the name of an 18-wheeler driver who died following a fiery crash on Interstate 85 Tuesday morning.

Alabama State Troopers say 62-year-old Gerald Eugene Kess, Sr. was killed when the 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer he was driving left the roadway near the Tallassee exit of I-85 in Macon County early Tuesday morning.

The 18-wheeler hit a guardrail and bridge rail around 1:20 a.m. and caught fire.

All southbound lanes of the interstate remained closed for nearly 18 hours as crews worked to clear the scene and investigate the cause of the crash.

Following the vehicle's removal, inspectors had to look over the bridge to make sure if was not structurally compromised. Lanes reopened around 6:30 p.m. that evening.

State Troopers have not released a cause for the accident and say the investigation is ongoing.

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