Friday marks one-year anniversary of I-85 bridge collapse - CBS46 News

Friday marks one-year anniversary of I-85 bridge collapse

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Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the collapse of a section of roadway along I-85 in Fulton County that crippled traffic in the city for months.

It all happened on March 30, near the intersection of Georgia 400. No one was injured in the fire but traffic was so bad, drivers abandoned their vehicles and left them on the roadway, opting to walk to nearby areas.

It took six weeks for crews to rebuild and reopen the collapsed portion of I-85, weeks ahead of schedule. The highway fully reopened on May 12.

Basil Eleby, the man charged with starting the fire, was able to avoid jail time after agreeing to complete an 18 month program. If he successfully completes the program, the charges will be dropped.

Witness testimony said Eleby started the fire under Interstate 85 while smoking crack-cocaine. His lawyers said Eleby has a mental illness and his a homeless man and deny he was involved in the fire in any way. They say he is being used as a scapegoat after GDOT stored the flammable materials under the overpass.

Check out pictures from the scene of the collapse in the slideshow above. (App users, tap here for pictures)

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