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One Dead, One Hurt in I-285 Wreck in Cobb

All lanes of Interstate 285 East were blocked while authorities conducted their investigation.

Update (7:20 p.m.): Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce has told Northeast Cobb Patch that there were three vehicles involved in the accident, which occurred at 4:20 p.m. on eastbound I-285 just west of the Chattahoochee River.

Pierce says that a semi tractor trailer, a small pickup truck, and a passenger car were involved in the accident, but the circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.

He also confirmed one fatality, a passenger in the pickup. The driver has been taken to the hospital, but Pierce had no updates on his condition.

Update (6:40 p.m.): The Cobb County Police Department is asking motorists to avoid I-285 at all costs while they work on their investigation and clearing the accident site.

Police suggested alternate routes such as using I-20 if traveling on I-75, or exiting the interstate before reaching I-285.

"We're not going to be able to have this wreck cleared for some time," said Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Update (6:15 p.m.): According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the investigation into the accident may not be completed until 9 p.m. In the meantime, authorities are not releasing information on the number of fatalities, saying only that there was more than one.

Information about the nature of the accident and the number of vehicles involved has not been released.

Original Story:A major accident with "at least one fatality" on 285 eastbound has shut down all lanes of traffic, says the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The accident occurred at 285 and Powers Ferry Road. Delays are expected to be extremely heavy and the backup has already reached Georgia 400.

It is not yet known what the circumstances of the accident. FOX 5 Atlanta has confirmed at least one person has died.

Stay with Northeast Cobb Patch as we update this story.

Pam J August 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I was at the Kaiser-Permanente building on Cumberland Parkway today with my mother and her doctor's exam room overlooked the entrance ramp from Paces Ferry onto I-285 E and part of the interstate itself. When we first got in there at about 3:40, the traffic was moving fine. Not too long after than, emergency vehicles started coming down the ramp onto the interstate. Finally, at about 4:35 the traffic started stopping. By the time we left at about 5:15, Paces Ferry, Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive were basically parking lots. The traffic on Cumberland Parkway going towards the mall was backed up just about to Paces Ferry. I don't have a job, so I don't get stuck in rush hour traffic any more, but this was a nightmare trying to get through. I am so sorry that someone lost their life.
Gayla August 17, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So sorry for the families loss...

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