Five people died in two accidents that caused severe delays on I-285 across DeKalb County, Georgia during most of the eruption.
The first collapse closed the outer ring just before Moreland Avenue at around 1 a.m., and the highway remained closed for about six hours. DeKalb Police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent said four men were killed in the wreck, which contained at least four cars.
While the victims have not been identified, Vincent said they were in their late teens to late forties. Two others were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, including the driver whom the police believe was at fault.
She said, “Five people were injured when they were outside their cars at the time of the accident.”
Authorities closed all eastbound lanes during the investigation. Even after the lanes reopened at 6:40 am, “severe delays” remained along the perimeter, according to the 24-hour WSB traffic center.
During the lockdown, traffic was forced into the outer ring of Jonesboro Road. At one point, the flight on I-285 from I-20 to I-85 was a slow 95-minute ride on the East Side, the Traffic Center reported.
Passengers past the first fatal outer ring crash scene encountered a second time near Lawrenceville Highway. Vincent said a man was killed around 4 a.m. after he got out of his car to change a tire.
“The victim, a man, was changing his flat tire near the middle wall when he was hit by a car,” she said in an email. “He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.”
His name has not been revealed.
This scene did not clear up until 7:20 a.m., according to the traffic center.
Both incidents are still under investigation. It was not known whether traffic investigators would seek charges in either of the two incidents.