Traffic Snarled In DeKalb County As Motorcyclists Were Injured In Crash
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two motorcycle riders suffered injuries in a crash on I-20 in the early morning hours of April 19, 2017. The motorcyclists were part of a convoy escorting World War II veterans from the area to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They were transported to the hospital via ambulance. Both riders are expected to survive their injuries.
Law enforcement officials have not released much information at this time as to how the accident occurred or the extent of the motorcyclists' injuries except to indicate they were not seriously injured. Law enforcement officials added that the incident occurred on I-20 around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as the group left Conyers. The injured motorcyclists, who are military veterans themselves, were part of a convoy that provides a free service to World War II vets and were headed to Washington D.C. to visit military memorials. A procession of motorcyclists escorted the bus to the airport.
Fortunately, the bus continued to the airport. However, law enforcement and other first responders were forced to close I-20 to all traffic. They were able to treat the injured and clear debris relatively quickly. The quick work of the first responders and Georgia Department of Transportation crews enabled them to re-open the road by 7:20 a.m. Despite the efforts of those involved, closing the road created residual traffic jams which could remain through the morning commute. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that traffic was backed up coming out of Rockdale County well after the police cleared all lanes.
Thus, Atlanta-area commuters face another harrowing morning trip to work and school. This yesterday morning's road closure which stalled traffic is nothing new in the wake of recent events. Following the I-85 collapse, a chemical spill on the Downtown Connector, and a construction mishap that caused a part of I-20 to buckle, Atlanta motorists have had their hands full.
On April 18, 2017, heavy storms created huge problems for some afternoon commuters. The area experienced isolated rain storms, which produced significant rainfall that accumulated quickly. GDOT crews reacted quickly to flooding Interstates and freed clogged drains. Also, two drivers in DeKalb County, just off of I-285, needed to be rescued from their cars as flood waters rose and trapped them inside floating cars. Thankfully, no one suffered any injuries in the incident.
Commuters should be aware of the dangers that wet roads present to drivers. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reminds drivers to slow down and use their headlights when driving in the rain. AAA also suggests that motorists take appropriate preventative measures as well like making sure windshield wipers clean the windshield and tires are filled with to the manufacturer's specifications for air pressure.
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