Southbound lanes of I-75 were shut down in Henry County for several hours Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer caught fire.
The massive blaze was contained quickly, but the interstate was closed between Ga. 138 and I-675 while crews cleared the charred wreckage, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
The lanes reopened just before 7:45 a.m.
According to Henry County police, the tractor-trailer lost control on the wet pavement and slammed into a cement wall about 4:45 a.m. The driver was not injured when the truck went up in flames.
Two other vehicles were involved in a secondary collision, Henry County police Lt. John Davis told AJC.com. No injuries were reported in that crash, and both vehicles were able to be driven away from the scene.
Crews were loading up the last of the wrecked big rig to haul it away about 7:30 a.m.
The fire and resulting shutdown caused massive outbound delays between Clayton and Henry counties. Drivers crowded onto Tara Boulevard, Ga. 42 and I-675 to avoid the backups, the Traffic Center reported.
In other news:
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.