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Tragic Crash in Interstate 85 Kills Two in Georgia


February 06, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- Wspa.com writes that at least two people were killed in a crash on Interstate 85 in Georgia over the weekend. The fiery wreck took place in the early morning in the northbound lanes. A fire broke out after the crash, and images show large flames engulfing the involved vehicles.*

Police stated that the incident took place near the Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Witnesses heard a loud explosion and saw the fire surrounding a tanker truck and a passenger car. Updated reports indicate that a 31-year-old man driving a Volkswagen Passat was involved in an earlier collision and had stopped in one of the lanes. A 44-year-old man operating an 8,500-pound tanker truck filled with fuel failed to brake in time to avoid striking the smaller vehicle.The impact caused the tanker to spin and then roll several times across multiple traffic lanes before coming to a stop. The two vehicles stopped near one another, and both rapidly caught on fire. The two men both died from injuries sustained in the crash or the resulting flames. 

The cleanup operation took around ten hours, causing massive traffic delays through the area. Local businesses were closed down as a result of the fire, and drivers stopped near the crash were evacuated from their cars. Videos show smoke billowing from multiple places as people scrambled off the interstate, some climbing over the median to escape the fire. Responders stated that the flames caused damage to the pavement, and sections had to be repaired before they could reopen the roadway. Police stated that the fire spread rapidly because of the fuel that had leaked around the scene. 

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Sources:https://www.wspa.com/news/one-dead-after-fiery-crash-on-i-85-near-atlanta-saturday-morning/ and https://www.11alive.com/article/traffic/major-vehicle-fire-blocking-traffic-on-i-85-north/85-87c9b545-bd09-4489-a0f2-678a24e51352

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