Officials said the blaze started when a tractor trailer hit a smaller box truck.
Photo: Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Photo: Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services

I-85 reopens in Norcross after fiery tractor trailer crash

An interstate in Norcross is open again after a fiery crash involving two trucks shut it down for hours early Sunday morning. 

Gwinnett County firefighters were sent to the scene of the massive vehicle fire on I-85 southbound about 4:45 a.m. spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutlegde said. 

Officials said the blaze started when a tractor trailer hit a smaller box truck on I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard. When crews arrived, both vehicles were engulfed in heavy flames, Rutledge said. 

One driver was treated at the scene. The other was taken to a hospital for a minor injury.
Photo: Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services

The drivers of both vehicles had gotten out of the trucks by the time crews got there, Rutledge said. One was taken to a hospital for a minor injury, and the other was evaluated at the scene, he said. 

All southbound lanes of I-85 were shutdown between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Pleasantdale Road “due to the accident and debris in the roadway,” Rutledge said.  The roadway was reopened just before 9 a.m. 

In other news: 

Elyse Purefoy, a rising senior and dancer at Arabia Mountain High School, died last week.

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