Crash injures 1, snarls interstate

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Fire and Police departments responded to an accident on Interstate 85 northbound Friday in which one person was seriously injured.

The accident occurred between Old Peachtree and Suwanee roads, forcing the entire interstate to close for almost two hours.

According to Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Lt. Tommy Rutledge, firefighters responded to the accident, which involved a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer with one person trapped inside the passenger vehicle.

"The victim was extricated and then airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with injuries," Rutledge said. "A fire from the vehicle as a result of the accident was extinguished by people who stopped to help before firefighters arrived at the scene."

Rutledge said the firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim.

Names and the status of those involved in the accident were not available at press time. The accident is still under investigation.