Arrests made in I-85 collapse and fire

Update:Three people are in jail in connection to the fire and collapse of interstate-85 in Atlanta. Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and BerryThomas were taken in this week.

Basil Eleby is charged with criminal damage to property. Bruner and Thomas are each charged with criminal trespassing.

At this time, there is no information on their ages and where they are from.
They are in the Fulton County jail in connection to the I-85 fire and bridge collapse.

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA (WSB-TV) – Commuters are working around a part of Interstate 85 that is closed after a massive fire caused an overpass on Interstate 85 to collapse.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency for Fulton County after the fire that started Thursday during afternoon rush hour.

Both northbound and southbound bridges of I-85 south of GA 400 will need to be replaced, Georgia’s Department of Transportation Commissioner Russwll McMurry said

“At this time, we do not have an anticipated duration for the repairs as we have not been able to fully access the site due to hot spots, but we do know that it is expected to be a time consuming event,” GDOT said on its Facebook page Friday.

The massive blaze that was burning underneath I-85 NB near Piedmont Road shut down several roads in northeast Atlanta. Due to continued impaired travel, DeKalb County Schools has canceled class for Friday, March 31.


ATLANTA (WJBF) – A portion of Interstate 85 northbound in Atlanta has collapsed due to a massive fire burning under the overpass. The collapsed portion is near the Piedmont Road area close to the exit to Georgia 400.

Traffic is blocked on both sides of the interstate as investigators inspect the southbound side to see if it is structurally sound to support traffic. As of 8pm law enforcement was turning motorists around on both sides of the interstate and sending them the opposite direction toward alternate routes.

Local reports say no firefighters or civilians were injured during the collapse.  Investigators have not said what may have started the fire, though WSB-TV reports that several large spools of highly flammable PVC pipe and copper wire were being stored under that overpass.

Traffic has been stopped for more than an hour and motorists were seen getting out of their cars to wait.

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