Flames are still shooting out from beneath the bridge as firefighters work to quench the fire and keep people safe.
During a news conference late Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed urged commuters to look back as they brace for transportation challenges to come.
“We need a flashback moment to when we had the Centennial Olympic Games, to when we used MARTA,” Reed said, adding that the transit system has extended its operating hours.
Eaves’ email asserts he is the “ONLY mayoral candidate who has been actively taking a leadership role to resolve the issues.”
Atlanta City Council members Kwanza Hall and Ceasar Mitchell, also mayoral candidates, are taking a different approach - posting informative updates rather than political commentary:
Mitchell’s pinned tweet offers words of support and thanks to first responders:
Ditto City Council member Keisha Lance Bottoms:
State Sen. Vincent Fort - who was tied up last night as the Georgia Legislature wrapped up this year’s session - took a similar approach, retweeting information aimed at helping commuters navigate the mess:
Look for other mayoral candidates to weigh in swiftly as the 85 disaster aftermath, certain to be a key issue in the race, wreaks havoc on Atlantans’ commutes.