Several major crashes snarl Atlanta highways on busy travel weekend

ATLANTA — Three of Atlanta’s major highways were shut down for hours Sunday morning due to a series of crashes on one of the biggest travel days of the year.

A crash around 7 a.m. shut down all lanes of Interstate 285 at Lavista Road. in DeKalb County for hours. The crash finally began to clear around 10 a.m.

The crash involved a pedestrian, according to Signet.

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Around 4 a.m., a wreck involving four vehicles shut down all lanes of I-85 NB at Hwy. 316 in Gwinnett County. Traffic was diverted for several hours. Lanes have since reopened.


Around 6:30 a.m., a vehicle fire shut down all lanes of I-20 EB at MLK Jr. Dr. in Atlanta. That crash has since been cleared.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in any of the crashes.

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Roadwork also has shut down three lanes of I-75 NB at Mount Paran Rd.

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a busy period for travel. Last year, almost as many Americans traveled by car during Thanksgiving as before the pandemic.

AAA predicts 1.6 million people in Georgia will travel this Thanksgiving. Nationally, AAA expects 49.2 million people to travel by car over the holidays.