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Fiery wreck to blame for Wednesday mornings I-985 slowdown
No injuries reported in incident near Hall, Gwinnett line
Traffic backs up on Interstate 985 northbound Wednesday morning.

No one was seriously hurt, but Interstate 985 traffic was shut down Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle accident at the Gwinnett-Hall county line.

One of the vehicles was traveling north in the right lane when the driver failed to maintain his lane, ran off the road and struck the rear of another vehicle, which was parked on the right shoulder, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The vehicle that ran off the road and struck the other vehicle caught fire, prompting the northbound lanes to be shut down, according to the GSP.

“There was only one complaint of injury,” the GSP said.

Names of the drivers weren’t immediately available.

Also, early GSP reports don’t describe the types of vehicles in the wreck.

However, Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the accident just north of the Hamilton Mill Road bridge involved a tractor trailer and heavy duty box truck.

“The box truck erupted into flames due to the accident and was fully involved on arrival,” Rutledge said in an email.

Fire crews “deployed hose lines to put out the fire and also worked to control diesel fuel runoff” from the trucks, he said.

Also, a Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crew helped at the scene “so that the normal traffic flow (could) be restored,” spokesman Mohamed Arafa said.

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