Vehicle fires block metro Atlanta interstates for hours

Vehicle fires shut down interstates in Fulton and Clayton counties for hours overnight.

I-285 East near Glenridge Drive in north Fulton County was blocked by a FedEx truck that caught fire about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.

Around the same time, I-675 South at Macon Highway in Clayton County was closed due to a vehicle fire.

Northbound lanes were closed a short time later.

“There was a tractor-trailer fire in the southbound side of I-675,” Clayton County police spokeswoman Officer Marcena Davis told “A driver in the northbound lanes of I-675 decided to film the burning tractor-trailer and caused a 3-car accident in the northbound lanes. The driver of that accident was arrested later that night.”

The driver’s name and the charges against the person were not released.

It’s unknown if anyone was hurt.

No one was injured in the vehicle fire in north Fulton, Sandy Springs fire spokesman Craig Miceli said.

“The driver reported running over a mattress which caught fire under the vehicle,” he said.

Eastbound lanes of I-285 did not reopen until just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Traffic Center.

Traffic did not start flowing again on I-675 until nearly 12:50 a.m.

At one point, standstill traffic spanned at least a mile on both interstates, the Traffic Center reported.

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