Bridge in Georgia Collapses Due To Fire

Bridge in Georgia Collapses Due To Fire

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the Fulton County area following a major fire and subsequent bridge collapse along Interstate 85 outside the city of Atlanta.

“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety and minimize disruption of traffic as we continue emergency response efforts,” Deal said in statement after releasing an executive order closing portions of I-85.

“The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is coordinating response efforts with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and other state and local officials,” he added.

Due to what Deal called the “destructive force of the fire,” an “elevated section” of I-85’s northbound lanes collapsed, rendering an entire segment of I-85 northbound impassable.

The fire also affected portions of I-85 southbound so that’s been closed as well, the governor noted.