Truck crash on I-285 near Ga. 400 leads to hours of delays

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

A crash involving a landscaping truck on I-285 near the Ga. 400 interchange caused major traffic delays for hours Wednesday that radiated out from an area already plagued by construction.

The crash blocked multiple right lanes on the inner loop at the Glenridge Connector, backing up traffic onto I-75 and all the way north into Marietta.

It took place at about 7:20 a.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, and caused a major mess well beyond the morning commute. Just after 10 a.m., a large tow truck could be seen hooking up to the tractor-trailer, which was carrying landscaping supplies. Delays from the incident cleared by 1 p.m.

Traffic camera footage shortly after the crash showed branches and other material spilling onto the road from beneath a green tarp on the truck’s flatbed trailer.

Heavy construction related to the Transform 285/400 project has led to increased traffic delays in recent years at one of metro Atlanta’s busiest interchanges. Traffic patterns in the area change regularly, while construction equipment and temporary barriers on the shoulders add difficulty for crews removing immobilized vehicles.

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