Emory Swimmers Evacuated from Bus after Massive Fire Flares on I-85 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: later in the morning, Georgia Tweeted that their meet against Emory has been cancelled. The Bulldogs will hold an intrasquad instead.

A massive fire on Interestate 85 in Georgia has resulted in the cancellation of a dual meet between the University of Georgia and Division III Emory. Georgia will host an intrasquad instead.

The meet is Georgia’s Senior Day and will include recognition for 17 members of Georgia’s senior class.

Saturday’s meet was to be the 51st all-time meeting between the men’s programs at Division III powerhouse Emory and the University of Georgia. Georgia has an all-time 41-9 record in those matchups. For the women, this is the 27th meeting, with Georgia having never lost. Emory are the 10-time defending NCAA Division III National Champions.

The two schools are separated by less than 70 miles. The most direct route between the two schools includes the first 15 miles spent on I-85, though there are several other possible routes.

I-85 was shut down in both directions on Saturday in Gwinnett County after a multiple-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that left one dead at about 8AM on Saturday morning. The Emory team bus was very near the fire and the team was among the people who were evacuated from nearby vehicles as a precaution.

The parent of an Emory swimmer posted the following photo of the team standing on the freeway this morning.

This is the last-scheduled regular season meet for both schools.

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11 months ago

you could misinterpret that picture quite easily lol

Reply to  anonymoose
11 months ago

Oh well it’s changed now, nvm

11 months ago

Jeff mf Furb

Georgia dad
11 months ago

I would take this as a good luck charm for emory swimming. They’re about to set the georgia pool on fire with a remarkable upset!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Georgia dad
11 months ago

I would take this as a time to show compassion for the victims and their families. Probably one or more “Georgia Dad’s” lost their lives.

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