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UPDATE: Wrong-way driver killed in DeKalb crash ID’d

A wrong-way driver was killed early Friday in a violent two-vehicle crash on I-85 South in DeKalb County, police said.

The driver was identified as Juan Cisneros Alvarez, 23, of Atlanta, according to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office.

Officers were initially dispatched to a crash at Chamblee Tucker Road about 5 a.m., DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.

“The driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes,” she said.

Authorities didn’t find Alvarez until a few minutes later when Tucker police officers were dispatched to an accident with injuries at Pleasantdale Road. 

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That’s when they found Alvarez dead on the scene, Campbell said.

The other driver in the crash had minor injuries, according to police.

The incident blocked multiple lanes of I-85 South at Pleasantdale Road and caused heavy delays in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for hours. At one point, the trip time from Ga. 316 to I-285 was 119 minutes, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Lanes reopened just before 8:20 a.m.

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