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18-wheeler tractor-trailer Accident on I-85 Northbound ln Franklin County, Georgia

May 20, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY, GA - A news article published on states that both I-85 northbound lanes were reopened in east Georgia following an auto accident that led to an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer fire and two reported deaths last Sunday.* The fatal tractor-trailer truck fire was put out, and the scene cleared from I-85 in east Georgia. 

The Georgia Department of Public Safety stated the incident might have tragically killed as many as two.  

The Georgia Department of Transportation states that the fiery truck accident occurred close by exit 160 to Sandy Cross and Old Federal roads in Franklin County, Georiga. 

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson reported that the fire was caused by an accident that occurred between two motor vehicles - a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer, and a passenger vehicle. The report states that as many as two people were tragically killed in the accident.

Northbound traffic was redirected at the exit, and Georgia state traffic maps showed significant backups along the interstate. The Georgia Department of Transportation initially warned they could not provide an estimated accident clearing time. The news report stated that I-85 was cleared at around 10 p.m. The DPS later verified that both northbound lanes of the interstate had reopened.

At least one driver stated that the fire emitted a large black plume of smoke into the sky. A witness from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, stated that the accident smoke had dissipated, but traffic was still at a standstill at the time.

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