Traffic on the other roads and interstates has been increased as a result of the I-85 bridge collapse. Most drivers have been taking I-285 to get around the city, then take alternate surface roads to get to their destination. The traffic situation has been messy, especially since drivers have just come back from spring break.
It got even messier this morning when all lanes of I-285 were blocked in Clayton County early this morning. According to the AJC, a fuel truck overturned early this morning, spilling fuel onto the road. The truck had a 7,500-gallon capacity, though it is not clear how much fuel found its way to the roadway.
Both sides of the interstate were shut down for this crash while emergency crews and the Environmental Protection Division arrived on the scene. “We have to worry about it getting into the groundwater (and) other substances. So we’re trying to limit the environmental impact from the spilled diesel fuel as well,” said the Atlanta fire Batallion Chief Stephen Hill.
The driver of the truck is at Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and will most likely be released soon.
While police are investigating this incident, only speculation can be made about responsibility and liability. Until further information is known, we won’t know whether this was driver error, mechanical failure, or something else that blocked all of the lanes of I-285. Who will pay for the minor injuries that the driver sustained?
At John Foy, we’re trained to discover answers about liability. We’re experts at getting justice for our clients. We are the Strong Arm. Give us a call if you’ve been injured in an accident in Atlanta.