Three Crashes Occur at Same Location on I-85 in Atlanta, Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – November 2, 2018 - According to 11alive.com, three accidents involving seven vehicles occurred in the same location November 2 on Interstate 85 in DeKalb County, Georgia, according to an online news story from 11alive.com.*
The crashes began in the morning hours of November 2 at I-85 and North Druid Hills Road. All southbound lanes were blocked for some time, which caused extreme delays in traffic. A drive of only a few miles was reportedly taking more than an hour. Drivers were encouraged to use highways in Buford and Lawrenceville to try to avoid the immense traffic jam.
It is not clear how any of the crashes occurred or how many people were involved. Authorities said one woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. No other injuries have been reported.
DeKalb County is located in the north-central part of the state of Georgia. It has an estimated population of 753,000, and its county seat is Decatur. The county’s major roadways include Interstate 20, Interstate 85, Interstate 285, and Interstate 675.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 15,743 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 3,775 injuries and 76 deaths. By 2016, those numbers jumped significantly, rising to 39,383 total accidents, 10,158 injuries, and 80 deaths.
Almost half of the fatal vehicle accidents in DeKalb County in 2016 were related to either alcohol (20 accidents) or excessive speeding (17 accidents). A large percentage of the 2016 fatal accidents also involved pedestrians — 39 percent, or 31 pedestrian fatalities. This was the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the county between 2012 and 2016.
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