Throw in last year’s Snowjam – which saw hundreds of stranded commuters abandon their cars on local highways in the midst of a winter storm – and Atlanta may be America’s traffic disaster capital.
The latest mishap began at 11:44 a.m. when both trucks drove off the bridge and landed on the highway below. Police were still investigating the cause of the accident Friday evening.
One of the vehicles – a Publix truck – lay upside down in the middle of the highway. The other – the tanker truck – wound up on its side in the Ga. 400 median. None of the fuel leaked from the truck, according to Sandy Springs Fire Rescue.
Firefighters were able to free both drivers from their trucks. A driver in a car nearby sustained injuries, but they were not life threatening.
Traffic on northbound Ga. 400 backed up to Lenox Road, and southbound traffic stretched all the way to Abernathy Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Eastbound traffic on I-285 was routed onto southbound Ga. 400 as officials checked the structural integrity of the I-285 bridge.
Early in the afternoon, northbound Ga. 400 traffic crawled as drivers were routed onto eastbound I-285. At the Glenridge Connector exit, tempers flared and horns honked as drivers jockeyed to get off the highway.
“It took me 30 minutes just to get here,” one motorists said as he merged onto Glenridge. Another, running late for a medical appointment, said it took her 45 minutes to get there from Buckhead.
By 2:30 p.m., crews were hauling the trucks away. All eastbound lanes on I-285 reopened shortly after 3 p.m. All lanes on Ga. 400 northbound reopened shortly before 4 p.m.
Staff writers Mike Morris and Alexis Stevens contributed to this report.