Bizarre crash sends motorcycle, trailer flying into opposite I-75 lanes


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - An unusual crash shut down both directions of Interstate 75 for hours overnight in Clayton County.

The Clayton County Police Department said a sheriff's deputy clocked two sports motorcycles at 110 mph in the northbound lanes around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach said it is unclear if the officer turned on his lights or chased the motorcyclists, but one of the bikes hit the back of a Volkswagen in the same lane.

Police said the motorcyclist lost control of the vehicle, hit a median wall, flew over the wall and crashed head on into a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-75.

The truck driver lost control and the trailer became unhooked, sending it through the median wall and back into northbound lanes, hitting an SUV, police said.

Police said the wreckage of the motorcycle caught fire in the southbound lanes, which also caused a taxi to catch fire.

The original deputy pulled the truck driver from the burning cab of the tractor-trailer.

The truck driver was banged up, but not burned, and taken to the hospital. The drivers of the SUV and Volkswagen were not injured, police said.

The interstate was closed until around 3 a.m.

The motorcycle driver is in critical condition.

Police told Gehlbach the motorcycle was stolen out of Atlanta and the second motorcyclist did not stop.