Deadly Crash Shuts I-285 in Cobb
All eastbound lanes of I-285 were closed for several hours at the Powers Ferry Road overpass after an accident near I-75.
All eastbound lanes were reopened to traffic shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Cobb Police have confirmed one fatality and one injury, but have not released any names.Original report:
The afternoon commute near the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75 is never a good one, and today a deadly accident has made traffic problems even worse.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that fatalities are involved in a multiple-vehicle wreck in the eastbound lanes of I-285 near I-75 and the Powers Ferry Road overpass in Cobb County.
Fox 5 is reporting that at least one person is confirmed dead.
All six eastbound lanes of I-285 are closed in that area, and the newspaper indicated that Georgia DOT cameras showed a number of emergency vehicles at the accident scene, including several fire engines.
Traffic is backed up for miles in both directions of I-285 as well as I-75, and authorities are advising motorists to avoid the area through the rush hour and beyond.
A Georgia DOT estimate indicated that the area could be closed as late as 9 p.m., as the rescue and accident investigation continues.
East Cobb Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.