Document: Crack-smoking man charged in Atlanta overpass fire

Amelia Ford picked a new route to drive to work and said it took her 45 minutes to travel 3 miles from her Atlanta home to the nearest open on-ramp to the interstate.

First responders, construction crews and the Georgia Department of Transportation worked feverishly and continue doing so to mitigate fallout from a major highway overpass collapse in Atlanta.

Crews are working around clock to clean up and start repairing Interstate 85 after a massive fire that caused a bridge overpass to collapse, closing the interstate in both directions indefinitely.

McMurry said it would take several months to rebuild.

It's one of the most congested cities in the US, and more than 250,000 people drive I-85 daily.

The name of the person who died in the accident wasn't immediately released. A portion of Interstate 85 remains closed as drivers are being redirected to alternate routes to bypass the wrecked bridge.

Overall, fewer cars were on the road than on a typical Monday because all metro Atlanta public schools are out for spring break this week.

The closed section of I-85 is a key link to Atlanta's northern and northeast suburbs. It carries about 400,000 vehicles a day in a city where there are surprisingly few alternative routes for its size.

Meanwhile, the Georgia DOT said it is following "an aggressive schedule" to replace the I-85 bridge that collapsed in Midtown on Thursday.

No one was hurt when the span gave way on Thursday evening as a fire raged beneath it, sending thick black smoke into the air and briefly igniting a fireball before the structure fell in on itself, snarling traffic.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority said additional service will be provided. Eleby was the only one jailed overnight. The day after the incident, state investigators arrested three people in connection to the fire. One is a woman, identified earlier this week as Sophia Broner but whose name is spelled Brauer in the arrest affidavit for Eleby released Saturday by the Magistrate Court of Fulton County. Accused of starting the fire below the elevated highway, Eleby now faces charges of first-degree arson and first-degree property damage. His bond has been set at $200,000 and he is next expected to appear in court on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. Atlanta's awful rush-hour traffic got even worse Friday, the m.

Police and firefighters kept motorists out of harm's way and retreated when they saw telltale signs of an imminent collapse. CobbLinc, Cobb County's transit system, says they've sent buses and staff to Atlanta's midtown area in order to help out. It burned so hot that the concrete and steel overpass disintegrated, crippling traffic in a city known for awful rush-hour congestion. Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. The bridge collapse effectively "puts a cork in the bottle", Georgia State Patrol Commissioner Mark McDonough said.

  • Zachary Reyes