Second truck removed, cause still unclear in I-285/Ga. 400 crash

Crews were working Saturday afternoon to remove the oil tanker involved in Friday’s crash at I-285 and Ga. 400. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Crews were working Saturday afternoon to remove the oil tanker involved in Friday’s crash at I-285 and Ga. 400. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Crews were working Saturday afternoon to remove the second tractor-trailer from the scene of Friday’s traffic-clogging crash at I-285 and Ga. 400.

Sandy Springs police, meanwhile, were still trying to determine what caused it all.

Shortly before noon Friday, a Publix truck drove off an I-285 overpass and landed upside down in the middle of the northbound lanes of Ga. 400. A second truck, a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel, also drove off the road and ended up on its side on the nearby embankment.

Neither trucker's injuries were life-threatening, officials said, but traffic on one of Atlanta's busiest thoroughfares remained a nightmare even after lanes reopened around 4 p.m.

The Publix truck was taken from the scene early Friday evening, but officials decided the tanker would remain in place overnight.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, crews were spotted lifting the tanker from the embankment. One eastbound lane of I-285 was expected to remain closed until 3:30 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation website.

Sandy Springs Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ron Momon declined Saturday to comment on a possible cause for the crash, saying details would be released “whenever our investigators finish their investigation.”

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