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UPDATE: Officer Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-575

A multi-vehicle accident with multiple injuries have closed Interstate 575 near Bells Ferry Road in north Cobb.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The Cobb County Police Department is investigating a multi-vehicle accident that resulted in injures for a Roswell police officer. 

The agency responded to multiple calls around 1:24 p.m. Friday in reference to multiple vehicles involved in an accident on Interstate 575 northbound between Bells Ferry Road and the Cherokee County line.

Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb police department said a motorcycle was traveling northbound on the Interstate when traffic ahead of the vehicle began to slow due to "normal traffic flow on a Friday afternoon."

Sgt. Pierce said the motorcyclist began to slow down, and was hit from behind by a driver in a black Toyota Camry. 

After it was hit, Pierce said the motorcycle then struck a silver Chrysler Sebring, which was traveling in the northbound lane next to it. At some point, a white Chevrolet 4x4 pick-up truck was also involved in the accident, but Pierce noted it's unclear what role the truck played. 

"The only thing we positively know is driver of motorcycle was hit by the Toyota Camry," Pierce added. 

The motorcyclist, who has been identified as an officer with the Roswell Police Department, was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Roswell Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the officer's condition is unknown at this time. 

The accident initially shut down all four lanes of the interstate. The southbound lanes were re-opened earlier this afternoon and Pierce noted one northbound lane of I-575 has also been opened. 

The agency, with the help of the Georgia State Patrol, hopes to re-open all northbound lanes "soon," Pierce said.

In the meantime, motorists can use Canton Road or Bells Ferry Road as alternates.
Puddintaine February 28, 2014 at 07:06 PM
I-575 is extremely dangerous not only for vehicle drivers but ESPECIALLY motorcyclists ever since the state installed that "chainsaw fence" right next to the left lanes. I would much rather take my chances laying one down(bike) in the median than wonder what happens to the human body after hitting a section of that thing. I really hope it wasn't a factor in this accident. Don't you think it would also be nice to know if anyone else was injured, and not just the police officer? And also it's spelled "injuries".

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