North-south, now east-west: Another At­lanta in­ter­state closes

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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.

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