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3 men fatally hit trying to cross Georgia freeway

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

CHAMBLEE, Ga. — Three men who scaled a median and tried to cross about a dozen lanes of a metro Atlanta freeway were struck and killed by a pickup early on Tuesday, snarling traffic into rush hour and puzzling police, who said they were unsure why the group made the risky move.

Moments after the 5 a.m. crash, two bodies could be seen on the pavement in the southbound lane of Interstate 85 just northeast of Atlanta. Commuters drove slowly past flashing lights, and all southbound lanes were closed for nearly two hours during the busy morning rush.

The men had entered the freeway from its eastern side, crossed about a half-dozen northbound lanes, and then scaled the median wall that separates northbound and southbound traffic, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said. They were then struck as they tried to make it across all of the southbound lanes, she said.

“We do believe they were intoxicated,” Parish said.

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