To help alleviate traffic during the morning and evenings, interstates in the metro Atlanta area have added express lanes on Interstate 75 North and South. The reversible lanes change the flow of traffic depending on the time of day. When traffic is not flowing one direction, barrier arms deploy to prevent people from driving the wrong way. However, this can still be confusing to drivers who are unfamiliar with the new lanes. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a wrong-way driver who crashed through several barriers before crashing head-on with another vehicle.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was attempting to drive southbound on Interstate 75 in Henry County early on Friday, October 26th. He was in the express lanes, which was allowing traffic to head northbound for the morning commute.
The driver crashed through eight metal barrier arms and one large metal barrier gate before entering wrong-way traffic. He then crashed head-on into a northbound vehicle. Another vehicle then hit that vehicle from behind.
Preliminary findings indicate that the driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. He is expected to face charges once he recovers from injuries sustained in the crash.
The two other drivers had minor injuries. They were treated and released on Friday.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is investigating the crash along with police.
A GDOT spokesperson said that they would be reviewing the crash to see if any additional safety measures for the reversible express lanes are needed.
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