A fire has caused the dramatic collapse of an Interstate 85 (I-85) overpass in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to WSB-TV, “Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed.”

Traffic came to a halt on the busy freeway as firefighters battled the fire on March 30. One reporter wrote on Twitter shortly before the collapse of the overpass, “Massive Fire 85 N Bound. Witnesses say Troopers turning all cars around witnesses say concern about integrity of bridge live on @wsbtv now.”

People expressed shock on social media.

CNN reported that a section of the bridge had “collapsed in flames.” Aerial views showed thick black smoke obscuring a portion of the freeway.

Motorists stuck in cars expressed shock and posted videos and photos to social media.

Thick black smoke billowed into the sky. USA Today reported that “Flames are erupting underneath an Atlanta interstate as black smoke is billowing under all sides. Local officials are on the scene and working to determine a cause.”

Here are more images from the scene:

Drivers were left stranded:

A portion of I-85 was reportedly gone.


Some people couldn’t resist making jokes: