A serious crash is causing delays on I-85 North in DeKalb County, police said.
Photo: Brett Barnhill
Photo: Brett Barnhill

THE LATEST: Woman hit trying to cross I-85 in DeKalb 

For at least the sixth time this month, a pedestrian has been hit trying to cross a major metro Atlanta interstate.

The latest incident occurred early Tuesday on I-85 North at Shallowford Road in DeKalb County, according to police.

“It appears that a woman was struck as she was attempting to cross 85,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Campbell said.

The entire northbound side of the interstate was temporarily blocked. All lanes reopened shortly after 8:15 a.m.

Just last week, two pedestrians died in accidents five hours apart, Atlanta police said. Tommy Jerkins, 46, of Douglasville, was hit about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as he walked across I-20 West at I-285. And Dale Wentworth, a 52-year-old homeless man, was struck about midnight as he tried to run across both sides of I-20 West at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.

RELATED: Within 5 hours, 2 people die trying to cross I-20

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Less than 24 hours before Jerkins’ death, three southbound drivers hit and critically injured a woman trying to cross the Downtown Connector on Nov. 14, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The status of that woman was not known early Tuesday.

MORE: Search on for 2 drivers who hit woman on the Downtown Connector

It was the second pedestrian accident on the connector in less than a week. Georgia Tech student Kaden Campbell, 19, was struck and killed by an SUV on Nov. 10 while attempting to cross the same interstate.

RELATED: Family remembers Georgia Tech student killed on Downtown Connector

And in yet another accident, James Ellis died Nov. 8 while trying to cross I-20 East near Panola Road, police said.

RELATED: Pedestrian hit, killed on I-20 in DeKalb

Using the interstate as a pedestrian is a violation of state law, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, which released a statement after last week’s deadly crashes.

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Channel 2's Carl Willis reports.

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