Two Sustain "Non-Life Threatening" Injuries in I-575 Accident
Both individuals were injured in an accident on I-575 northbound at Towne Lake Parkway that stalled traffic for nearly four hours.
Two people sustained what Woodstock public safety officials called "non-life threatening injuries" in an accident that left northbound traffic on Interstate 575 at Towne Lake Parkway at a standstill for nearly four hours.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the accident involving an 18-wheeler and a box truck was first reported to the agency at approximately 5:20 a.m.
Brittany Duncan, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Department, said preliminary clues indicate the box truck was possibly stalled on the side of the highway when it was hit by the 18-wheeler.
"However, at this time, the accident is currently under investigation," she added.
Two of the three individuals — the driver of the 18-wheeler and one of two people in the box truck — were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and are being treated for their injuries.
"The third person did go to the hospital to be with her husband who needed treatment for injuries, but she did not sustain any injuries needing treatment," Duncan said, adding that at this time the identities of the victims are not being released as the investigation is pending.
The accident caused "processed sludge," or sewage, from the 18-wheeler to be dumped onto the interstate, which left Woodstock crews with the task of cleaning up the waste before they could re-open the interstate to traffic.
Motorists were urged to avoid I-575 north and to use Old Highway 5/Main Street as an alternate to re-enter the highway through Exit 9/Ridgewalk Parkway.
Crews were able to clear the accident at around 9 a.m.