North-south, now east-west: Another Atlanta interstate closes
DECATUR | Another major highway through Atlanta is closed, this one because an underground gas leak caused the fast lane to buckle.
A motorcyclist hit the rising pavement at high speed and was critically injured after being flung into the air.
The pavement rose to nearly the height of a full-grown man and split into several pieces, witnesses said.
DeKalb County spokesman Andrew Cauthen said the man was hospitalized with multiple fractures after an underground gas leak buckled the HOV lane of Interstate 20.
County spokeswoman Sarah Page said all westbound lanes are closed until further notice several miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. Westbound traffic is being diverted at Interstate 285, the city’s perimeter highway.