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I-75 reopens after fiery fatal multi-vehicle wreck in Cobb County shut down lanes for hours

The interstate had been closed since a little before 11:30 a.m.

ATLANTA — A fiery fatal wreck that involved "more than a dozen" vehicles and left lanes of I-75 in Cobb County closed for hours has been cleared.

Lanes of the interstate were reopened and traffic was flowing just before 7 p.m. Travel had been shut down since 11:30 a.m.

It was around that time when Georgia Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed the fire raging in the immediate aftermath of the accident, before it appeared to be largely suppressed a little before noon.

Originally only the I-75 northbound lanes were closed, but around 12:30 p.m. lanes along I-75 South were also closed.

At about 1:30 p.m., Cobb County Police said I-75 North could remain closed for another six-plus hours "as Cobb Police and @cobbcountyfire and additional resources work to investigate and clear the scene." 

Credit: Georgia Department of Transportation

11Alive Traffic Tracker Crash Clark recommended Cobb Pkwy. to get around things.

Southbound lanes of I-75 were later reopened, but Crash reported that they were slow-moving because of onlooker delays.

In a tweet, the county said the closure could last "into the evening rush hour," with traffic being diverted to I-575.

Around 5:40 p.m., Crash reported the northbound express lanes only of I-75 - those that require the Peach Pass - were reopened. The rest of I-75 north remained shut down.

The crash happened just before Chastain Road before 11:30 a.m.

Cobb County Police said it is a fatal wreck, but it is not immediately clear how many fatalities may have occurred.