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Driver Flees After Causing Fiery I-85 Crash

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A driver who stole a vehicle ran away after causing a fiery multivehicle crash on I-85 on Monday morning.

The crash which occurred near Jimmy Carter Boulevard happened about one mile away from another blaze that led to delays on the Interstate on Saturday.

Georgia State Patrol said the driver of a stolen Dodge Challenger was tailgating a Toyota Camry as they approached the Norcross exit. The Dodge hit the Toyota, causing it to overturn and hit a tractor-trailer in the next lane.

The Toyota subsequently struck a barrier wall and burst into flames. After the impact, the driver of the Dodge left the scene on foot. State Patrol said he had not been located.

Meanwhile, the Toyota was fully engulfed in flames when Gwinnett County fire crews arrived on the scene just before 6:30 a.m. The blaze was extinguished quickly but it took nearly two hours to clear the wreckage.

One driver was examined by medics at the scene and then taken to hospital with minor injuries.

In the earlier crash, two people were killed when a fuel tanker exploded. They were identified as 31-year-old Emerald Lynn of Norcross and 44-year-old Yonas Worku of Snellville.

The accident sent a huge ball of fire over I-85 and forced some motorists to abandon their vehicles.

Gwinnett County Fire Services spokesman Lt. Justin Wilson said the tanker was carrying 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel when it overturned.

The fire shut down traffic in both directions and the Georgia Department of Transportation had to repair the charred road. It took ten hours for the northbound lanes to reopen. The second fire did not appear to damage the roadway.

If you suffer injuries or lose a loved one in an Atlanta car crash, reach out to an Atlanta car accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation.


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