I-285 in DeKalb reopens after tanker truck hits sign, spills fuel

Apr 13, 2021 | News

I-285 in DeKalb County has reopened more than seven hours after a tanker truck driver was rushed to a hospital when his vehicle smashed into a sign, causing it to fall onto the interstate.

Drivers in DeKalb faced severe traffic hangups from mid-morning Monday until the evening commute due to the crash, which happened in the southbound lanes of I-285.

All southbound lanes were shut down at Memorial Drive. The sign was removed from the Perimeter at about 2:45 p.m., but it took several more hours for crews to clean up thousands of gallons of gasoline that spilled onto the road during the crash. The interstate reopened just before 5 p.m.

The first reports of the crash occurred about 10 a.m. Investigators said the tanker truck hit the overhead sign and brought it down.

The tanker truck’s driver remains in critical condition following the incident, DeKalb fire department spokesman Capt. Dion Bentley said. Read more here.