Authorities in Georgia say that a Cobb County interstate will remain closed through the evening rush hour after a major pileup crash.
The crash was reported shortly after 11 a.m. on February 11 on northbound I-75 in the metro Atlanta area as heavy rain caused extreme reduced visibility conditions.
A total of 16 vehicles — 9 passenger vehicles and 7 commercial vehicles — were involved in the fiery chain-reaction crash.
I-75 NB near Wade Green Rd is shut down due to multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer. Follow @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/pJYhSZLinN
— Tori Cooper (@toricoooper) February 11, 2021
Police have confirmed that one person was killed in the pileup. It isn’t clear how many people were injured.
Heavy traffic backups have been reported in the area, with overflow traffic causing backups on I-575 and Cobb Parkway.
Cobb County Police say that northbound I-75 will remain closed for at least two more hours.
I-75 NB will likely be shut down for another 6+ hours as Cobb Police and @cobbcountyfire and additional resources work to investigate and clear the scene. @WSBTraffic @wsbtv @ajcwsbtraffic @ajc @11AliveNews @FOX5Atlanta @cbs46 @mdjonline @KennesawPatch https://t.co/HPQvDhRVTG
— Cobb County Police (@cobbpolice1) February 11, 2021
Several major weather-related pileups were reported across the country on Thursday. A pileup involving as many as 100 vehicles in Fort Worth left at least five dead and dozens injured.