Video shows driver passing blaze under Atlanta interstate

A massive fire has caused a bridge on the Interstate 85 road to collapse in the U.S. city of Atlanta, completely shutting down the heavily-travelled highway.

The bridge collapsed just minutes after witnesses said police halted traffic and turned cars away from the crumbling overpass, The Associated Press reported.

Stafford said a cause of the fire could not be determined at this time because inspectors could not get under the bridge yet due to structural concerns.

A huge fire broke out on an elevated highway in the U.S. city of Atlanta on Thursday evening, causing a large section of it to collapse.

The fire began burning on Piedmont Road, underneath Interstate 85 around rush hour. He also urged residents to use MARTA, Atlanta's local rail system, as workers prepared roads for safe travel again.

"At this point, I don't have the ability to tell you how long it will take to restore I-85".

No injuries have been reported in the incident. She said she was told to walk despite being disabled, "but it's raining and dark". The FBI has said criminal activity was not the cause of the fire, according to WSB-TV. "We do have the fire under control", said Sgt. Cortez Stafford, a spokesman for the Atlanta Fire Department. The firefighters had noticed chunks of concrete falling from the bridge and luckily they also managed to move to safety before its collapse.

An estimated 250,000 cars per day drive through that stretch of the interstate - a major thoroughfare for traffic heading north and south through Atlanta. The massive flames may have tired the cement overpass, one official said, and structural engineers said the fire could have melted metal under the bridge.

"This is as serious a transportation crisis as we could have", Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said.

A massive fire that caused an overpass on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta was contained as of late Thursday.

Deal told reporters the company that originally built the elevated highway would assess the damage. Foam trucks were eventually brought up from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to smother the remaining fire.

"We are trying to assess the damage and determine how quick we can fix it", Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal told a news conference.

As crews worked Friday to clear the remains of the fallen pavement, officials announced the northbound bridge won't be the only section needing replacement.

Atlanta schools will operate on a normal schedule Friday; state and city offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. DeKalb County, Georgia schools have cancelled Friday classes.

  • Larry Hoffman