A chain-reaction crash on I-85 North near Midtown ended with one driver seriously injured and seven vehicles caught up in the wreckage, authorities said.
All of the vehicles were traveling north about 3:30 p.m. when a Toyota Camry rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup truck that was slowing down for traffic, according to the Georgia State Patrol. A Dodge Caravan then tried to slow down to avoid the two vehicles but was rear-ended by a Honda Civic.
The second crash caused the Civic to rotate and be struck by two other vehicles, GSP said. A seventh vehicle then hit one of those two vehicles, ending the chain reaction.
The driver of the Civic was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, GSP said. Everyone else involved either suffered minor injuries or complained of injuries at the scene, with at least one other driver being taken to Northside Hospital.
The wreck briefly blocked all northbound lanes before the HOV lane reopened. By 5:15 p.m., all travel lanes had reopened, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.