FAIRBURN, Ga. -- One person is dead after a chain reaction crash on northbound I-85, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) reports.

The accident happened at Exit 61 at Senioa Road/SR 74 and involved several vehicles and left all four lanes blocked, according to GDOT.

Police on the scene believe the accident, which happened around 8 p.m., is weather-related and began when a vehicle hydroplaned causing a chain reaction wreck involving seven vehicles.

Police said a female victim was in the vehicle that hydroplaned. No other injuries were reported.

Lanes were not expected to clear until after 10 p.m. and motorists traveling northbound towards Atlanta from the LaGrange area were strongly encouraged to use alternate routes in order to avoid extreme delays.

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Officials had reopened some lanes by 10:30 p.m., but traffic was still backed up.

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