I-85 southbound closed briefly after accident

DULUTH - I-85 southbound was shut down briefly Thursday following an accident that firefighters feared would ignite a box truck carrying liquid oxygen.

All lanes were closed for about 10 minutes Thursday morning after an accident left the box truck, which had been headed south, facing north and on its side, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

The truck was carrying 55 cylinders of medical oxygen that were knocked loose in the accident and a 150-gallon tank of liquid oxygen that sprung a small leak, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Once members of the hazardous materials team realized how small the leak was, they opened up all but two lefthand lanes and moved the truck to the side before righting it.

The accident occurred north of Pleasant Hill Road at the Old Norcross bridge at 11:53 a.m., Rutledge said, and all lanes were open by 2:55 p.m.

One person was treated and released at the scene, and Rutledge said about two other cars were involved in the accident.