Ice causes wrecks on metro Atlanta highways

9:29 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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  • Traffic backed up on southbound I-85 between Shallowford and Clairmont roads early Friday morning.
  • Officials are blaming ice for this Friday morning wreck on eastbound I-20 at MLK Jr. Drive.
  • A truck hit a wall along I-20 near MLK Drive on Atlanta's west side Friday morning.

ATLANTA -- Transportation officials are blaming ice for a handful of accidents on north Georgia highways Friday morning.

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All lanes of westbound Interstate 20 are blocked at I-285 in Fulton County because of a wreck.

All lanes were briefly blocked on southbound Interstate 85 between Shallowford and Clairmont roads due to a single-car accident. The road reopened at around 6:25 a.m.

On southbound I-575 in Cherokee County, a car hit a patch of ice and flipped over the median. The accident happened at Mile Post 17, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

A second single-car accident on southbound I-575 is blocking the left lane just north of Barrett Parkway.

Another accident involving a truck hitting a patch of ice and slamming into the highway wall is blocking two rights lanes of eastbound I-20 at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Icy patches have been reported on I-20 at McDaniel Street and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard as well.

In Cobb County, two separate wrecks happened on southbound I-75 at South Marietta Parkway. GDOT said both wrecks have moved to the shoulder.

Icy conditions have also been reported on U.S. 41 in Bartow County and Highway 92 in Cherokee County.

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At around 6 a.m., MARTA reported 10-minute delays on its Blue and Green lines, due to a problem at Georgia State University. The trains resumed their normal schedule shortly before 7 a.m.

Drivers are urged to be extremely cautious and to watch for ice on bridges and interstate ramps. GDOT advises commuters to wait until daybreak if possible before getting on the road.

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