Fiery Highway Collapse May Trouble Atlanta Commuters for Months


Atlanta’s jam packed rush-hour traffic could be more trouble for months to come after a fierce fire underneath Interstate 85 collapsed a portion of the highway and shut down the heavily traveled route through the center of the city.

Traffic was bumper to bumper on nearby streets as drivers are forced to take detours, the day after the blaze caused the concrete to crumble.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the fire.

The collapse took place a few miles north of downtown, and the effects could fall most heavily on commuters from Atlanta’s densely populated northern suburbs. They will have to find other routes to work or ride mass transit.

Connie Bailey-Blake, of Dacula, 37 miles northeast of Atlanta, waited for a MARTA commuter train to reach her job downtown.

She usually drives by way of the interstate.

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