Motorcyclist Critically Injured After Highway Buckles In Atlanta, GA

Image Credit: Eric Stirgus/Atlanta Journal Constitution
Image Credit: Eric Stirgus/Atlanta Journal Constitution

An unidentified motorcyclist traveling along Interstate 20 in Atlanta, GA on Monday ended up in the hospital with critical injuries after the highway underneath him buckled, sending him into the air and 10-15 feet down the highway. According to the Associated Press, the motorcyclist was traveling at high speed along the interstate, when the pavement began to buckle due to a gas leak. He couldn’t avoid colliding with the damaged section of highway and was “catapulted through the air”. He was one of two accidents that occurred on that buckled section of I-20.

“There was a motorist, one individual on a motorcycle and one individual in a car, that were proceeding west-bound on I-20 when they saw [the buckled road], but it was too late for them to avert it, so they actually went up the broken-up concrete in an upward fashion — as if they were going up in a jump.”

Says Capt. Eric Jackson, spokesperson for the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. He said said officials were responding to reports of an accident when they discovered the “defect” in the high traffic lane between Flat Shoals Road and Gresham Road in Atlanta.

DeKalb County police told news channel CBS46 in Atlanta that a work crew was replacing a 36 inch gas line in the area, and were filling the outdated pipe with cement, which caused the pressure to build up, the pipe to burst and the roadway to buckle. Check out video of the scene below, and feel free to leave your well wishes for the injured motorcyclist! May he have a speedy recovery!

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