Chain of wrecks shuts down I-75 near Atlanta airport

Motorcycles, tractor trailer, taxi, SUVs all involved in fiery collisions
The scene overnight on Interstate-75 South near the Atlanta airport

ATLANTA — As interstate crashes go, they don’t get much stranger than the one that shut down Interstate 75 near the Atlanta airport overnight.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on its Web site that the chain of events began about 10 p.m. Thursday when a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy clocked two northbound motorcycles at 110 mph, according to Channel 2 Action News.

A short time later, one of the motorcycles, which turned out to be stolen, hit the back of a Volkswagen in the same lane. The biker lost control of the motorcycle and went airborne; the bike flew over the median wall and into the windshield of a southbound tractor-trailer.

The truck driver lost control of the big rig, and the trailer became disconnected from the tractor, according to Channel 2.

The trailer then crashed through the median wall into the northbound lanes and hit a northbound sport utility vehicle.

The rig’s tractor, which remained in the southbound lanes, caught fire, and the deputy who had originally clocked the motorcycles pulled the trucker from the burning cab.

Meanwhile, the crumpled wreckage of the motorcycle caught fire in the southbound lanes, and was hit by a southbound taxi that also caught fire.

All lanes of I-75 were shut down several hours, but had reopened before the beginning of this morning’s commute.



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