ATLANTA (CBS46) -- Lanes are re-opening on Interstate 285 south near Atlanta airport after three semi-trucks collided causing a massive fire early Thursday.

Calls poured into East Point’s 911 center at around 7:27 a.m.

Several East Point Fire Department units responded to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters described seeing heavy flames emitting out of the tractor-trailers.

Firefighters began attacking the blaze, managing to knockdown 90% of it by 8:57 a.m. By 10:30 a.m., most of the fire had been fully extinguished. 

Officials say one of the trucks was transporting lumber and the second one was carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of candles at the time of the incident.

The accident resulted in a massive traffic backup and delays, with all lanes of I-28 north and southbound being shut down in both directions.

I-285 south near Atlanta Airport is scheduled to remain closed.

Flames could be seen spewing across I-285 south near Washington Road Thursday morning after three tractor-trailers collided in the area. Hours later and crews are still working to clear the scene. https://bit.ly/3jIxaUL

Officials have towed away all three tractor-trailers, as they continue to clear the scene.

Copyright 2021 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.