The truck was carrying a Conex box loaded with granite. As Bell drove under the Benjamin E. Mays overpass, the box hit the bridge pillar and the granite spilled out, covering all lanes of I-285, the GSP said.
The debris prompted police to shut down the interstate north of the Cascade Road exit. The closure caused backups on the inner loop to Langford Parkway. Lanes started reopening about 10:30 a.m., but there were still heavy delays in the area after 11 a.m.
The GSP said four cars were damaged, while five vehicles traveling south suffered minor damage from the debris that scattered across the road.
According to the GSP, five people complained of injuries, and two of them were taken to a hospital. Bell, who was also injured, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, authorities said.
The GSP said Bell will not face charges since the tire failure caused the incident.
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