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.