Troopers say I-77 North near exit 9 in Charlotte has officially been cleared after a tractor-trailer crashed on the highway Tuesday causing major traffic delays.
One of three lanes remains closed to drivers, according to the NC State Highway Patrol.
Troopers say the collision that shut down portions of I-77 Tuesday morning involved a Walmart truck hauling meat.
According to the NC State Highway Patrol, the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and collided with a concrete barrier before igniting.
Troopers say the tuck driver is being cited for failure to maintain lane control.
Crews have opened the two left lanes on I-77 North near exit 9 in Charlotte and the bridge on Clarkson Street over the highway hours after a fiery crash on Tuesday.
Original Story (8/16/22):
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drivers are being asked to stay away from I-77 northbound at West Boulevard/John Belk Freeway after a serious crash shut the road down Tuesday morning.
Authorities say a tractor-trailer carrying produce caught on fire after crashing.
Update; Tractor Trailer Fire on I-77N at exit 9; 34 firefighters controlled the fire in 22 minutes; I-77 North will be closed for an entendres period of time; @NCSHP @CMPD @NCDOT @MecklenburgEMS @SteeleCreekVFD are on scene assisting. https://t.co/0asW2NzuCh pic.twitter.com/z3k9sQpqHA
— Charlotte Fire Dept (@CharlotteFD) August 16, 2022
Drivers are being asked to use South Tryon or South Boulevard to avoid a shut down.
One person involved in this incident is being treated for life-threatening injuries at Atrium CMC, according to a news release.
UPDATE: One person treated for life threatening injuries – taken to Atrium CMC🚨
— Emma Mondo WCCB Traffic (@emmamondoTV) August 16, 2022