Police: Weather a factor in fatal Spaghetti Junction wreck

Authorities are blaming Wednesday’s rainy weather for an early morning wreck in DeKalb County that killed two people.

According to DeKalb police Major S.R. Fore, the wreck happened about 12:30 a.m. in Spaghetti Junction.

Fore said a tractor-trailer was exiting I-285 north onto I-85 north when the truck veered off the right side of the exit ramp and jackknifed. The truck traveled through the gore area and into the I-85 northbound travel lanes, where it was hit by a 1995 Chevrolet Astro minivan that was northbound in the far right lane of I-85.

The 33-year-old man driving the minivan was killed, along with his 25-year-old passenger, Fore said.

The names of the two men were being withheld Wednesday until relatives could be notified.

Fore said while the accident remains under investigation, “poor weather conditions appear to be a factor in the collision.”

The rain and drizzle that have persisted since early Monday are expected to end by Wednesday evening, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. The respite will be short-lived, though, as Minton is forecasting rain to return to metro Atlanta Saturday night.

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