Georgia governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency after an inferno caused the collapse of a busy interstate overpass on Atlanta’s I-85 Thursday evening.
According to news reports, the bridge collapse took place on I-85 northbound, causing drivers to sit in traffic for hours. No one was injured, said Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford.
The area affected caused major headaches for commuters which will last as long as the bridge is out.
“The cork is in the bottle,” said Department of Public Safety Director Mark McDonough, noting, “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”
The cause of the fire is unknown as of yet because the area is still too dangerous for inspectors to investigate. However, Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors are reportedly on the scene and officials are trying to determine when the bridge can be fixed.
Mayor Kasim Reed called it a “serious a transportation crisis.” He said, “Our primary concern, first and most important, is that no one has lost their life. And, as we stand here right now, we think that’s the situation.”
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