Seven-Vehicle Wreck Shuts Down I-285 in DeKalb County, Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story from ajc.com, a seven-vehicle wreck shut down part of Interstate 285 in DeKalb County, Georgia, on November 26.*
The wreck involved three tractor-trailers and four other vehicles and occurred on I-285 North on November 26. The pile-up happened around 3 p.m., between Moreland Avenue and Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County. DeKalb County Police said three people were transported to hospitals with injuries. One person was in critical condition, and two people suffered moderate to severe injuries.
The victims have not been identified. Police have not yet released information about the cause of the crash or the circumstances surrounding the crash. All lanes of I-285 North were diverted to Flat Shoals Road, and delays stretched back to Interstate 75.
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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