“A total of five people were struck while outside their vehicles at the time of the accident,” she said.
Authorities closed all eastbound lanes while they investigated. Even after lanes began reopening at 6:40 a.m., “extreme delays” remained all along the Perimeter, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
During the shutdown, outer loop traffic was being forced off at Jonesboro Road. At one point, the trip on I-285 from I-20 to I-85 was a slow 95 minutes on the Eastside, the Traffic Center reported.
Commuters who made it past the first deadly outer loop crash scene encountered a second near Lawrenceville Highway. A man was killed about 4 a.m. after he got out of his vehicle to change a tire, Vincent said.
“The victim, a male, was changing his flat tire near the median wall when he was struck by a vehicle,” she said in an email. “He was transferred to a local hospital, where he died.”
His name has not been released.
That scene did not clear until 7:20 a.m., according to the Traffic Center.
Both crashes remain under investigation. It was unknown if traffic investigators would be seeking charges in either incident.
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