I-77 Reopens After Fatal Accident Involving Overturned Tanker

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Officials say I-77 northbound has reopened following a fatal accident that happened around 11:30am Monday near Tyvola Road.  Motorists are still expected to experience heavy delays and are advised to use caution while traveling through the impacted area.  Read below for more details on the deadly crash.

Original Story (Posted Oct. 18th at 11:20am):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Troopers are investigating a fatal accident involving an overturned tanker that has all lanes of I-77 northbound shut down near Woodlawn Road. The accident happened shortly after 11:20am between Tyvola Road and Woodlawn Road.

Troopers say the driver of a tanker carrying flour was driving southbound on I-77 just prior to Tyvola Road when the vehicle made a hard steer to the left and collided with the concrete barrier.  The tanker flipped over the barrier and entered the northbound lanes, according to Troopers.  The driver of the tanker died in the accident, according to MEDIC.

Troopers say the tanker collided with five other vehicles traveling northbound on I-77.  One person was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  Troopers say the rest of the people involved did not have life threatening injuries.

Traffic is currently being diverted off the interstate at Tyvola Road.