September 3, 2015 Atlanta - Traffic backs up on I-85 southbound near 17th St. on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Epic levels of traffic were expected for the commute on Thursday due to Falcons and Georgia Tech football games, DragonCon attendees arriving into town, a visit by Vice President Joe Biden and workers getting an early start to the holiday weekend. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
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Police say drivers of a tractor-trailer and SUV are facing charges involving a crash that caused a chemical spill on a downtown connector in Atlanta.

Local news media reports the tractor trailer spilled a hazardous chemical called Benzoyl Chloride. The spill shutdown all lanes for hours on the north side of the interstate Monday morning.

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The lanes were reopened.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Capt. Mark Wesley says trucker Matthew Bowden should have been driving on Interstate 285 instead of through the city.

Sol Mitchell Epstein drove the SUV. He is charged with improperly stopping in the roadway, having an expired license, having a suspended license and improperly changing lanes.

Bowden received a citation on a charge of operating a truck on a prohibited roadway.

 

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