Driver airlifted to Grady after fiery tractor-trailer crash shuts down I-85 for hours

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — Interstate 85 reopened late Wednesday night after a fiery tractor-trailer accident shut it down for hours.

NewsChopper 2 flew over the accident and delays in Barrow County on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m.

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On Thursday morning, Georgia State Patrol confirmed to Channel 2 that a tractor-trailer driver had to be airlifted for their burns at Grady Memorial Hospital.

GSP has not provided an update on the driver’s condition.


Troopers said the initial crash involved three vehicles. The tractor-trailer hit two cars trying to exit I-85 at exit 126.

The tractor-trailer crashed onto the interstate’s right side and hit one of the overhead signs. That is when it caught on fire.

Troopers shut down the interstate to investigate. It didn’t reopen until after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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