Large fire on Atlanta highway causes heavy traffic delays
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 30, 2017 Updated: 11:59 PM
A fire on I-85 in Atlanta that caused major traffic delays Thursday after a portion of the highway collapsed has prompted Georgia governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency for Fulton County.
“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety and minimize disruption of traffic as we continue emergency response efforts,” Deal said in a statement. "
Witnesses say troopers were telling drivers to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed.
Atlanta police said the fire burned piles of plastic wiring under the I-85 overpass near the Lindbergh MARTA station.
Black smoke billowing from the flames could be seen for several miles away and was posted to social media.
How traffic was effected was not immediately known, but traffic was bumper to bumper on nearby surface streets Thursday night as people scrambled to find alternate routes.
I-85 is an important commercial throughway for trucks making deliveries to businesses and warehouses not only in Atlanta but also in other major commercial centers like Montgomery, Alabama, and Charlotte, North Carolina.