Several lanes of Interstate 85 were closed on Thursday after a huge slab of concrete fell off a tractor-trailer truck. The incident caused delays for drivers as work crews rushed to repair the road.
The truck was carrying a prefabricated concrete wall, weighing around 48,000 pounds, when it fell off the truck near Highway 316. The truck then crashed, and the driver sustained minor injuries. No one else was injured.
"We are very thankful that nobody was hurt, that just the asphalt was hurt. We can fix that very easily. That is the best case scenario in a situation like this," said Teri Pope of the GDOT.
The concrete damaged 160 feet of asphalt in one lane, and 12 feet of asphalt in another.
Four northbound lanes were closed for several hours as crews worked to repair the road.
GDOT says they reopened three northbound lanes at around 11:30 a.m., leaving the outside lane closed for repairs until around 4 p.m. to replace the damaged asphalt.
All lanes were re-opened by 4:30 p.m., according to GDOT.
Crews were cutting up the concrete slab in hopes of completely removing it by Thursday night.
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