Two dead after fiery crash on I-85 near Atlanta Saturday morning


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – UPDATE: Two people are dead after a fiery wreck on I-85 Saturday morning near Atlanta, according to Gwinnett County Police.

According to the Gwinnett County Police, all I-85 southbound lanes have been reopened. Evacuated drivers stuck in the northbound lanes are being asked to return to their cars in anticipation of lanes opening back up soon.

Around 7:50 a.m., there were reports of a traffic accident involving multiple vehicles, police say. While arriving at the scene, officers saw a large explosion from the area of the reported accident. Once on location, they found an overturned tanker truck and a passenger car fully engulfed in flames.

Fire crews from both Gwinnett County and Dekalb County responded to the scene.

An unidentified flammable liquid from the overturned tanker drained into a nearby sewer drain. As a result, the fire spread underground in the sewer further south on Interstate 85, even crossing underneath Interstate 85 southbound, and exiting a sewer drain near Crescent Drive. This resulted in multiple fires and large smokestacks on and around both Interstate 85 northbound and southbound.

At this time, crews are still working to investigate the initial crash on the interstate. I-85 Northbound traffic remains diverted at Pleasantdale Road.


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Crews are responding to a major fire on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County Saturday morning.

The Gwinnett County Police and Georgia 511 tweeted that I-85 northbound and southbound at Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Atlanta is shut down and drivers of vehicles on the roadway are being evacuated. Businesses on the access roads in the area are also being evacuated.

According to a report by 11 Alive, GDOT said a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles collided, causing the crash. There is no word on injuries at this time.

News 3 will have updates.

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