A tractor-trailer saw what was happening and managed to stop in time. A second semitruck was unable to stop, however, and hit the back of the truck in front of it, causing the driver to lose control.
The first truck lost its load of water all over the interstate while the second jackknifed and caught fire, authorities said. One driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Georgia Department of Transportation cameras showed plastic debris scattered all over the highway.
The cleanup effort took hours, and South Fulton police didn’t begin reopening the interstate until about 2 p.m. One right lane remained closed nearly five hours later, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
Another wreck involving an overturned big rig caused headaches for Clayton County drivers on I-675, the Traffic Center reported. That crash shut down all northbound lanes of the interstate near Anvilblock Road, authorities said.
The roadway reopened about 11:30 a.m., according to Clayton police. Only minor injuries were reported.
A third incident involving a jackknifed tractor-trailer shut down all southbound lanes of I-285 just before I-20 in DeKalb County on Wednesday morning. The roadway reopened shortly before noon, but authorities have not said if anyone was injured.
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