ATLANTA — With many people off work Monday for the Juneteenth holiday, the morning rush hour was still a nightmare with two major incidents -- both on Interstate 285.
All lanes of I-285 eastbound at Flat Shoals Road were shut down due to a tractor-trailer fire that happened around 4:45 a.m.
Cpt. Daniels with the DeKalb County Fire Department said the truck collided with two passenger vehicles. One ended up under the tractor-trailer and caught fire. He said the vehicles appeared to be unoccupied.
Motorists were urged to use Moreland Avenue and the connector northbound to I-20 as an alternate. The Georgia Dept. of Transportation didn't anticipate the roadway to fully reopen until around 1 p.m.
Heavy machinery, including front loaders and a crane were on scene cleaning up the wreckage.
There were no injuries.
Meanwhile, all lanes were blocked I-285 southbound at Glenwood Road for quite some time due to a pedestrian struck. The person died on the scene and the incident is being investigated by police. They said the driver remained on scene.
The identity of the victim has not bene released yet.
Traffic was being diverted off the interstate until some lanes reopened around 7:30 a.m.
With delays back to Memorial Drive, motorists were urged to use I-75/85 south through the city to get around it.
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