“It takes a tremendous amount of force to rupture one of these concrete barriers,” Clayton County police Sgt. Ken Waits told Channel 2.
The rig’s tractor, which remained in the southbound lanes, caught fire, and the deputy who had originally clocked the motorcycles pulled the trucker from the burning cab.
“He came up and was able to rescue the driver out of the truck,” Waits said.”The driver was not burned; the injuries he suffered were from the collision.”
Meanwhile, the crumpled wreckage of the motorcycle caught fire in the southbound lanes, and was hit by a southbound taxi that also caught fire.
Channel 2 reported that the motorcyclist who started the chain reaction was critically injured in the crash. The truck driver was also taken to a local hospital, but the drivers of the other vehicles involved were not injured.
The second motorcyclist did not stop, according to Channel 2.
All lanes of I-75 were shut down near Mt. Zion Boulevard for several hours, but had reopened before the beginning of the Friday morning commute.
“It’s one of the more unusual accidents that we’ve investigated,” Waits said.