I-85 wrecks shut down morning traffic again

From staff reports For the second consecutive day, morning traffic on Interstate 85 was stalled for hours by traffic accidents that closed the busy highway. Four accidents were reported between Collinsworth Road (exit 56) in north Coweta and Fairburn (exit 61) Wednesday morning. All lanes -- both northbound and southbound -- were closed for some time. Some lanes were closed for more than six hours. The first accident Wednesday was reported around 4:30 a.m. after a tractor-trailer truck in the northbound lanes struck a concrete barrier and burst into flames. The driver reportedly escaped the truck, but an intense fire erupted.
This accident was followed by three more wrecks in both the northbound and southbound lanes, closing all travel in both directions during the morning drive time when thousands of Coweta County motorists hit the busy interstate traveling north to Atlanta. At least one helicopter ambulance was called to the scene. A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol in Newnan reported that a small fender bender was among Wednesday's accidents, occurring at 7:10 a.m. around mile marker 54 as a result of the traffic backup. Further details of the Wednesday morning accidents were not available from Fairburn police and fire officials. Calls to the Fairburn officials were not returned Wednesday. Some Coweta motorists were stalled for the second day in I-85 traffic. On Tuesday, a wreck occurred shortly before 6 a.m. just south of Exit 64/SR 138/Jonesboro Road. The south Fulton accident shut down all northbound lanes for hours.

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