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Tragic Wrong-Way Crash Shuts I-285 For Hours

Earlier this week, I-285 was closed after a fatal auto crash. The tragic incident occurred between Ashford Dunwoody and Chamblee Dunwoody in a corridor that is used by over 200,000 drivers on a daily basis.
The Atlanta Injury Attorneys Blog is sad to report that a young man was killed in this accident. What went wrong on Tuesday morning was that a young man, driving in oncoming traffic collided with a truck, which then caught on fire. The truck driver survived the accident.

Many in the Atlanta area are focusing on the difficulty other drivers had when they were detoured around the road closure after the fatal crash. Once drivers are off the main interstate, some believe that the arterial highways are too difficult for those unfamiliar with the local roads to successfully find their way.

Unfortunately, the impact of the accident was felt well beyond the original accident scene. In fact, roads such as Johnson Ferry Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road were severely impacted with detoured traffic.

According to some reports, Atlanta, Georgia and its surrounding area, has some of the most congested interstates in the country and some infamous hot spots such as the junction at I-75 and I-285. In addition, the roads that feed the interstates, also known as arterials, are part of the problem.

The criticism is that the roads have not kept up with development in some areas and they are often narrow without shoulders. But there is some good news. The Atlanta arterial roads are scheduled for major expansion and upgrades over the next several decades.

That is at least a step in the right direction to ensure that Atlanta’s residents have alternative routes when an emergency arises.


The fire that engulfed the vehicles involved in the accident prolonged the closure of the interstate. Responders reportedly used 15,000 gallons of water to put out the fire.

The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., specializes in cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury. In this accident, a young man lost his life. It is not clear why he was traveling in the wrong direction which resulted in his collision with the oncoming truck. And in this accident, the truck was not at fault. But trucks are often involved in accidents on the Interstates. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to get help to recover from your injuries and consult with an expert Atlanta truck accident attorney.

Please contact us today for a confidential free consultation, either at our main Gwinnett County law office in Duluth, or at one of our convenient satellite offices in Decatur, Buckhead or the Perimeter. We will review your case and give you an evaluation. There is no fee or obligation for our consultation.

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