Man killed after truck loses tire, causes multivehicle crash on I-285 in Cobb

Credit: Georgia Department of Transportation

Credit: Georgia Department of Transportation

A Dunwoody man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a multivehicle crash that blocked several westbound lanes of I-285 in Cobb County for hours.

The wreck occurred shortly after 1 p.m. near the I-75 interchange, Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk said.

According to police, the driver of an Isuzu box truck was traveling westbound when his left front tire blew out, causing him to lose control and crash into two other cars. The truck came to a stop on the left shoulder, but remained partially in the travel lane, Delk said.

Moments later, a man driving a silver Toyota Corolla crashed into the back of the truck. The driver of the Corolla, later identified as 38-year-old Phu-Long Pham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of another car that was struck by the Isuzu was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

Traffic was forced to get by in the far right lane, causing major delays in the area, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. Lanes started reopening shortly after 4 p.m.

The fatal wreck is still under investigation, and anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Cobb police at 770-499-3987.

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