11 Alive reports that a truck crash in east Georgia between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle caused at least two deaths and closed the northbound lanes of I-85.
The crash happened late yesterday near exit 160 near Sandy Cross and Old Federal Road. Northbound traffic had to be diverted, which caused a significant backup at the exit. Drivers on the roadway at the time saw a black pillar of smoke where the accident happened.
Traffic from the accident cleared up after 10 p.m. There has been no further information about what caused the incident.
It’s unsure which vehicle may have caught fire in the crash. Gasoline cars can catch fire far more easily than tractor-trailers because gasoline becomes a vapor at a much lower flash point. Even if the tanks rupture, they’re not likely to ignite.
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However, if the battery box is ruptured along with the tank, there can be enough energy released to cause the fuel to ignite. There is also the possibility that the truck might be carrying flammable cargo. Another reason for truck crashes is smoking inside the cab. If the truck rolls over and incapacitates the driver, a lit cigarette could light the cab aflame.
We wish to offer our condolences to the families of the killed victims, and hope that the police investigate why this happened.