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Pileup on Interstate 85 snares midday commute

DULUTH - Firefighters employed the "Jaws of Life" on Interstate 85 Thursday to extricate a man from his crushed vehicle after a pileup tangled midday traffic, an official said.

The three-car crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. on I-85 north, just south of Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. The entrapped driver's vehicle had rear-ended a tractor-trailer with enough force to pin him in his vehicle, an official said.

The driver, who was not identified, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with serious injuries, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

No other injuries were reported, Rutledge said.

Three right lanes and the shoulder of I-85 were closed as crews worked to free the driver. The roadway remained clogged until after 2 p.m.

Rutledge said federal patient privacy laws would prevent him from updating the injured man's condition or releasing his name.

Gwinnett police were investigation the collision Thursday afternoon to determine fault.