Morning traffic woes ease as Cherokee, Fulton accidents are cleared

The scene of a wreck before 6:30 a.m. involving a Fulton County sheriff's deputy and three other vehicles blocked most northbound lanes of I-75 near Moores Mill Road. Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said an inmate being transported in the sheriff's vehicle and a female deputy were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but no other injuries were reported.

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The scene of a wreck before 6:30 a.m. involving a Fulton County sheriff's deputy and three other vehicles blocked most northbound lanes of I-75 near Moores Mill Road. Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said an inmate being transported in the sheriff's vehicle and a female deputy were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but no other injuries were reported.

Traffic was a stinking mess – literally – on I-575 in Cherokee County early Friday after a couple of trucks overturned.

The wreck happened before 5:30 a.m. on I-575 northbound at Towne Lake Parkway. At around 9:45 a.m., the trucks were cleared and traffic started to ease up, according to WSB radio reports. The Towne Lake Parkway ramps were re-opened.

Chata Spikes, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the crash involved a box truck as well as a dump truck that was hauling “processed waste.”

Both trucks overturned, and the dump truck’s load of waste was spilled onto the highway, Spikes said. Two injuries were reported, she said.

Also in the far northern suburbs, all southbound lanes of Ga. 400 were shut down in northern Forsyth County because of a truck fire.

The tractor-trailer loaded with cardboard caught fire before 4 a.m. near mile post 39 north of Cumming. The DOT estimated that the road would be shut down until around 10 a.m.

Closer to town, a wreck before 6:30 a.m. involving a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy and three other vehicles blocked most northbound lanes of I-75 near Moores Mill Road.

Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said an inmate being transported in the sheriff’s vehicle and a female deputy were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but no other injuries were reported.

All lanes were open as of 9:45 a.m., but the accident has jammed I-85/sb from DeKalb County. Motorists had to plan alternates and extra time from travels in the affected areas.