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TRAFFIC ALERT: US 84 back open

Stephen Spradley Stephen Spradley

Highway 84 in Lowndes County was back open late Thursday afternoon after being shut down for a while earlier in the day by smoke.

The Georgia Forestry Commission said the smoke was caused by a controlled burn in a field east of Shelton Rd. on the north side of Hwy 84 E.

Around noon, the smoke became so heavy that it caused at least one crash from drivers not being able to see. That caused the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office to close the road until the smoke could be cleared.

"Everything is still within containment lines. Fire never escaped, it was not a wildfire that was in the area. It was a permitted controlled burn," explained Chief Ranger Stephen Spradley with the Georgia Forestry Commission Office in Lowndes County.

As of Thursday afternoon, GSP was continuing to investigate the crash.

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