I-75 South was closed between Ga. 138 and I-675 for hours Wednesday morning while authorities worked to clean up the charred wreckage.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Massive tractor-trailer fire on I-75 causes major delays during morning drive 

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 use buzz saws to cut pieces from the charred wreckage of a tractor-trailer on I-75. 
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Crews were loading up the last of the wrecked big rig to haul it away about 7:30 a.m.

I-75 South was shut down south of the I-675 interchange for hours while crews cleaned up the wreckage.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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. 


 

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