A blown tire is believed to be the cause of a crash involving a Georgia State Patrol trooper that blocked parts of I-285 in both directions during lunchtime Tuesday.
About noon, emergency crews blocked several southbound lanes and one left northbound lane at South Atlanta Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The crash was cleared and all lanes were reopened by 1:30 p.m.
The trooper was traveling south on I-285 when a red Hyundai Elantra in the next lane blew a right rear tire, according to the GSP. The driver of the Hyundai lost control and hit the patrol car, forcing the trooper into the median.
The patrol car flipped on its roof.
The trooper was not seriously injured, but he was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital to be checked out, a spokesman for the agency told AJC.com. He was doing well Tuesday afternoon.
A driver and a passenger in the Hyundai were not injured, the spokesman said.
The shutdown caused major delays on the northwest corridor of the Perimeter over the lunchtime drive. Southbound traffic took a little longer to recover, with delays lingering into the afternoon commute, the Traffic Center reported.
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