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    Traffic is flowing again on I-675 in Clayton County after an injury crash shut down the interstate for hours Friday morning.  The northbound lanes were closed north of Ga. 42 near Rex Road about 5 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Just before 8:30 a.m., authorities began reopening the lanes after wrapping up their investigation, the Traffic Center reported.  Clayton County police confirmed to AJC.com the crash involved multiple vehicles. No other details have been released. During the shutdown, there were heavy backups on I-675, which is the main alternate to I-75 through the Southside, the Traffic Center reported. Delays persisted through the remainder of the morning rush.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 
  • A woman was killed and three others were injured in a crash that shut down the southbound Downtown Connector during the Thursday morning commute.  The interstate was shut down at Langford Parkway between 4:40 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. while authorities investigated, causing miles of gridlock through Midtown. According to an Atlanta police incident report obtained by AJC.com, a Toyota Avalon rear-ended a Nissan Armada near Fair Drive, causing the vehicle to catch on fire. The passenger in the back seat of the Toyota, Barbara Sutherland, was killed. She was born in 1935 and was from Louisville, Ky., the report said. The car’s driver and front-seat passenger were both taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and were stable at the scene, the report said. The driver of the Nissan was also taken to Grady and was stable. No charges are expected to be filed in this case, police said.  During the shutdown, traffic was backed up for miles leaving I-20, according to the Traffic Center. The access road at Langford Parkway remained open. In other news: 
  • A gas tanker truck overturned on I-675 in Clayton County early Tuesday morning, spilling gallons of fuel and shutting down the southbound lanes of the interstate. While cleanup efforts were underway, authorities blocked off the ramps from the Perimeter to I-675 and shut down I-675 South before Anvil Block Road for nearly six hours. The crash was cleared and the interstate reopened just before 8 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.   The QuikTrip tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle and overturned about 2 a.m. According to Clayton County police, one driver had complaints of injuries but refused treatment on the scene.  “The interstate was shut down for a period of time due to oil being leaked from the tanker,” a spokesman for the police department told AJC.com. “Several agencies responded to assist with traffic being diverted and the spill being cleaned up.” During the shutdown, there were some associated delays along I-285 South and in the northbound lanes of I-675, the Traffic Center reported.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news:
  • Heavy rain washed away part of a major Gwinnett County roadway early Friday morning, and authorities plan to keep it closed through the weekend. A sinkhole developed on Scenic Highway, forcing the closure of a northbound right turn lane onto Henry Clower Boulevard, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a news release. The lane has been blocked all day. “Georgia DOT maintenance forces are on scene to evaluate the situation, take necessary safety actions, and monitor throughout the weekend,” the agency said in the release. “Repairs will be made next week as Georgia DOT will coordinate with utility companies in order to safely repair the roadway.”  Gwinnett firefighters responded to numerous storm-related emergencies Friday, department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. LIVE UPDATES: Storm damage reported across metro Atlanta Just after 5 a.m., a tree came down on a building at the Columns at Peachtree Corners apartments in the 900 block of Concepts 21 Drive near Peachtree Corners. Crews found a large pine tree that snapped in half and fell on part of the building and in the parking lot. Limbs from the tree penetrated the roof and wall of one apartment unit, Rutledge said. People were inside the apartment at the time. One person, an adult, was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics for a minor injury complaint, according to officials. There were no other injuries reported. RELATED: Large tree snaps in half, falls on Gwinnett apartment building Firefighters also battled a small house fire in the 160 block of Lake Run near Lawrenceville, Rutledge said. He said lightning was believed to have “affected electrical components.”  Wires came down at Pleasant Hill Road and Summit Ridge Parkway near Duluth, fire officials said.  MORE: Flooding, downed trees and wires reported in Gwinnett And multiple roads were closed. Flooding shut down Brannan Road as well as New Hope Road at the Alcovy River. Thompson Mill Road, from North Bogan Road to Blake Towerns Lane, was closed due to a sinkhole in the area. Similar issues were reported across North Georgia as heavy rain and severe thunderstorms knocked down trees, left thousands in the dark and flooded streets. In Peachtree City, a sinkhole formed on the southeast corner of the intersection of Ga. 54 and Ga. 74. One right turn lane was shut down, but authorities said they may have to shut down additional lanes if the hole gets bigger. RELATED: Sinkhole shuts down one lane at Peachtree City intersection Southwest of Atlanta, Bill Taylor Road and part of Wright Road in Troup County were washed out due to floodwaters. Bill Taylor Road was closed, and barricades were put in place. A large portion of Wright Road collapsed. The worst of the storms moved out of metro Atlanta, but Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said there is still a chance for scattered showers and an isolated storm later. » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 
  • Authorities are searching for a driver who hit three people stopped on I-285 after a fiery crash in Sandy Springs on Wednesday morning. Two vehicles were involved in the initial crash in the eastbound lanes near New Northside Drive around 2 a.m., Sandy Springs police said. A third driver in a tractor-trailer had stopped to help and extinguish the flames when all three people were hit by a blue Ford Mustang.  “The Mustang then left the scene with heavy front-end damage,” Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said. The victims were taken to area hospitals. Ray Redding, a supervisor at Florida Rock and Tank lines, told Channel 2 Action News the truck driver was OK and was released from the hospital a few hours later.  Another victim, Jeannie Smithwick, was still unconscious at Grady Memorial Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, her friends told the news station. They said Smithwick, who works at a Brookhaven gastropub, is suffering from a head injury, a broken arm and a broken leg.  “She’s an amazing person. She loves her family, her friends. Everybody loves her,” said Ryan Harrison, who stopped by Grady’s Intensive Care Unit with his girlfriend to see their friend. “Anybody that’s gonna hit three people and just leave the scene of an accident, that’s scum of the earth.” The condition of the third victim was not known Wednesday afternoon. Authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of the interstate for more than four hours while they investigated. All lanes were reopened by 6:30 a.m., but hefty delays continued through much of the morning drive in Fulton and Cobb counties. Sandy Springs police are asking anyone with information about the driver of the Ford Mustang to contact the department at 770-551-6900 or call 911. 
  • A tractor-trailer hauling 5,500 gallons of printer ink overturned Wednesday on the Westside Perimeter, spilling its cargo onto the interstate and causing delays for the first half of the morning drive. All lanes of the I-285 outer loop were shut down for several hours after the big rig overturned before Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Hollowell Parkway, and the ramps from I-20 to I-285 South were also shut down, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.  Atlanta police said there was a “large amount of ink spilled on the roadway” when they responded to the wreck around 2 a.m. “The driver of the overturned vehicle advised that he was attempting to avoid another vehicle when he lost control of the tractor-trailer, which flipped onto its side,” police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said.  No one was injured, and the crash remains under investigation. » PHOTOS | Weird things that have snarled Atlanta traffic Fire crews that responded to the scene spread dirt and sand to absorb the mess.  While the interstate has reopened and traffic has since recovered, a large ink stain remains. There are no longer delays associated with the crash, according to the Traffic Center.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  In other news: 
  • A pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck and killed on a major Clayton County highway early Tuesday morning. The man was trying to cross Tara Boulevard around 6 a.m. when he was struck by the southbound truck, according to Jonesboro police. Not realizing what the truck hit, its driver pulled over to the side of the road.  A Jonesboro officer saw the truck stop, went to investigate and discovered the man’s body, police said. He has not been identified, according to police.  The investigation shut down all southbound lanes of Tara Boulevard near Ga. 54 and Flint River Road for nearly three hours. The road was reopened at 9:15 a.m., according to the Clayton County sheriff’s office.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news: 
  • Police identified the two people killed Tuesday morning after a wrong-way driver crashed into a truck during a chase. Adolphus Knight, 19, of Riverdale, and Kalif Patterson, 38, of Dalzell, S.C., were both killed and one passenger was taken to the hospital. The crash was the result of a pursuit over a stolen car, police said.  A Mazda SUV was taken from a Chamblee BP gas station Monday night, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Henry County police said the car was tracked in the McDonough area by a global positioning system.  Officers spotted the car in the parking lot of a hotel off Mill Road and tried to stop it, police spokesman Capt. Joey Smith said in a statement. When the driver of the Mazda —who authorities identified as Knight — hit the driver’s door of an officer’s car, a chase began.  Officers were pursuing Knight on I-75 North about 2 a.m. when the vehicle exited the interstate at Jodeco Road, turned around, re-entered I-75 North going the wrong direction and hit a Ford F-150 head-on, the Georgia State Patrol said. Patterson was driving the Ford and died at the scene, the GSP said. Knight died while being transported from Piedmont Henry Hospital to Grady Memorial Hospital. A passenger in the Mazda was also taken to Grady. His condition is unknown, Smith said. According to Channel 2, at least one of the vehicles burst into flames. The blaze was so intense that part of a barrier wall was melted, the news station reported.  The crash shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate at Jodeco Road for nearly four hours, causing miles of bumper-to-bumper delays through the Southside. During the height of the lane closures, backups stretched more than six miles. I-75 North reopened just after 7 a.m. In other news:
  • Police activity shut down Ga. 400 South in Alpharetta for hours Wednesday morning. All southbound lanes were blocked about 6:30 a.m., when Alpharetta police started working a situation at the Haynes Bridge Road exit sign.  About two hours later, authorities turned southbound traffic around.  Lanes reopened just before 8:40 a.m., when police announced a safe resolution to the activity that prompted the shutdown.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news: 
  • A pedestrian was hit by at least one vehicle Wednesday morning, shutting down I-285 West near Spaghetti Junction and leading to hours of delays in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The WSB 24-hour Traffic Center first reported road closures around 5 a.m. There were major delays on I-285 and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard until just before 8:30 a.m., when the interstate reopened. The Traffic Center reported delays on I-85 in from Gwinnett County, too.  At one point, the trip time from I-20 to I-85 on the Eastside was a slow 66 minutes. According to DeKalb police, no one is in custody in connection with the pedestrian crash. “When officers arrived they found the body (of) an individual on the interstate,” police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer said. “The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators are working to determine exactly what happened.” — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news: