A motorcyclist was in critical condition Thursday after a bizarre, fiery multiple-vehicle wreck on I-75 in Clayton County.
And officials said the motorcycle turned out to be stolen.
It began shortly before 9:40 p.m. when a Clayton County Sheriff’s deputy clocked a motorcycle at 110 mph heading northbound on the interstate.
It’s unclear if the deputy began pursuit. But a short time later, the motorcycle struck the back of a Volkswagen in the same lane, according to Clayton County police.
The biker lost control of the motorcycle and went airborne while the bike flew over the median wall and into the windshield of a southbound tractor-trailer, police said.
The motorcycle burst into flames and the tractor trailer caught on fire, Sgt. Ken Waits said in a news release.
The truck driver lost control of the big rig, which then crashes into the center wall, disconnecting the trailer from the tractor,
The trailer then crashes through the median wall into the northbound lanes and flips on its side, striking a northbound Ford Expedition.
“It takes a tremendous amount of force to rupture one of these concrete barriers,” Sgt. Waits told Channel 2 Action News.
The deputy who had originally clocked the motorcycles pulled the trucker from the burning cab, the news station reported.
“He came up and was able to rescue the driver out of the truck,” Sgt. Waits said.”The driver was not burned; the injuries he suffered were from the collision.”
Meanwhile, the crumpled wreckage of the burning motorcycle was hit by a southbound taxi that also caught fire, according to media reports.
The motorcyclist who started the chain reaction suffered “severe skull fracture and brain injury,” Sgt. Waits said.
The truck driver was also taken to a local hospital, but the drivers of the other vehicles involved were not injured.
All lanes of I-75 were shut down near Mt. Zion Boulevard for several hours, but had reopened before the beginning of the Friday morning commute, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It’s one of the more unusual accidents that we’ve investigated,” Sgt. Waits said.
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