A crash involving two 18 wheelers on a highly traveled Georgia highway turned into a traffic nightmare for Atlanta drivers —and one they’d probably like to quickly forget. Cleanup reportedly took well more than 24 hours, and as you might imagine it created a big mess down below.
Several media outlets say the accident involved a Publix tractor trailer and tanker truck. Police say the crash between the two commercial vehicles forced them both to drive off the Interstate 285 bridge and onto GA. 400.
The fuel tanker was said to be carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline but first responders with Sandy Springs Fire Rescue says the fuel was contained inside the vehicle and there was no leak.
After it landed, the Publix truck ended upside down. The tanker landed on its side. Authorities say both truck drivers were briefly trapped in their trucks but were pulled out.
Shortly after the crash, Publix issued the following statement: “Thank you for your inquiry about our truck driver involved in the accident earlier today. He has been taken to a North Fulton Hospital where he is being examined. Our thoughts and prayers are with both drivers involved in the accident.”
Surprisingly, there were no fatalities involved. According to WXIA-TV, the drivers of both trucks were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
What caused the crash to begin with is still a big mystery. In an article by the AJC, Sandy Springs Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ron Momon has declined to comment on a possible reason for the crash, saying details would be released “whenever our investigators finish their investigation.”