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Atlanta traffic may get worse. A major interstate buckled and sent a biker airborne.


Yet another major highway through Atlanta has taken a hit. 

On Monday,  a section of Interstate 20 buckled in an area where underground utility work was being done to replacing a natural gas pipeline. 

Dekalb County Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told the Associated press that concrete was being pumped into an outdated pipe, which caused pressure to build up. The pressure forced then forced the pipe to burst. 

A crashed motorcycle is seen in Decatur, Monday, April 17, 2017. Westbound lanes of Interstate 80 were shut down when an underground gas leak causing part of the major highway in metro Atlanta to buckle. A motorcyclist was injured when he crashed into the breaking pavement at high speed. (Photo courtesy of Steve Power via AP)

A motorcyclist hit the buckled pavement at a high speed and went airborne. He has since been hospitalized with multiple broken bones. 

Dekalb County spokeswoman Sarah Page said all westbound lanes of the highway will be closed until further notice. Westbound traffic is being diverted at Interstate 285, according to USA Today.

FILE - In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 file photo, smoke billows from a section of an overpass that collapsed from a large fire on Interstate 85 in Atlanta. Georgia officials say repairing damaged sections of I-85 north of downtown Atlanta will take months. Three people were arrested in connection with the fire Friday evening, March 31, and officials suspect one of them of setting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

This is just the latest infrastructure problem to further slow traffic in the already congested city. Last month, a fire police say was intentionally set, caused a section of  I-85 to collapse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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