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Accident on I-75 results in lane closures

One driver was life-flighted to an Atlanta hospital, following an accident on Interstate 75 south, which shut down all southbound lanes for more than an hour Thursday.

The accident occurred near exit 218, according to Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Don Ash.

"[It] occurred around 12:45 p.m., when a jeep traveling south in the left lane, side-swiped a tractor trailer that was in the center lane," said Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. "The driver of the jeep then lost control, and went off the road, and struck a tree."

"The driver of the jeep was flown by helicopter from the scene to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment," Bolton said. No other injuries were reported by police.

The 911 call reporting the accident was received soon after the incident, and emergency workers quickly cleared the accident site, said Ash. "[It was] 12:47 p.m., ... when we got the call," Ash said. "The call ended at about 2 p.m."

It was at that time, that the interstate was reopened, he added. The investigation into the accident is "ongoing, " Bolton said.

-- Valerie Baldowski