I-20W shutdown creates 'unprecedented' traffic chaos

A passing motorist spotted a vehicle on fire at I-20W at Hill Street and called 911 around 3:50 a.m. Monday.

ATLANTA - Police are investigating a fatal wreck involving at least four vehicles on I-20W near downtown.

A passing motorist spotted a vehicle on fire at I-20W at Hill Street and called 911 around 3:50 a.m. Monday.

Atlanta Police said a male driver in a Hyundai Elantra was traveling on I-20 W when he struck a Nissan Murano from behind causing it to spin out onto the shoulder. The Hyundai Elantra became disabled. The driver got out to check on the person in the Nissan Murano. As the driver returned to the Hyundai Elantra, two other vehicles struck the disabled car from behind - A Buick and a Silverado. The Hyundai Elantra caught fire.

Police said the male driver was outside of the car when it was struck multiple times and died at the scene from his injuries. The driver and passengers of the Buick were taken to Grady Memorial Hosptial.

The mutilple vehicle crash caused all lanes to shutdown with traffic being diverted to the Boulevard. Ave exit. Hwy. 78, Memorial Drive, and Boulevard were also good alternates.  Three hours later, crews were still working to clear debris. All lanes reopened around 7:00 am.

"This is cutting of a major alternate for the east side," 11Alive Traffic Tracker Crash Clark said. "Having two major interstates shut down at the same time like this, it's unprecedented."

The investigation is ongoing.

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