As sleet and freezing rain moves out of the Charlotte area, 22 people were in the hospital Friday following more than 200 accidents that happened throughout the day, officials said. Two of those crash victims had life-threatening injuries and two more had potentially life-threatening injuries, Medic said.
Emergency crews are on the scenes of 39 wrecks across Mecklenburg County, including several that have shut down lanes on major highways and thoroughfares.
An overturned vehicle was blocking the left lane near mile marker 2 of I-485’s inner loop at 3:30 p.m.
A couple of miles down the road, another accident near mile marker 6 had one of three lanes closed just before 3 p.m. On the outer looper, an accident near mile marker 4 at Steele Creek Road was blocking the right lane.
Ten of the 40 wrecks listed on CMPD’s traffic website involved a “personal injury.” Around 2:30, MEDIC was responding with the “jaws of life” machine to a wreck at Shopton Road and Beam Road. Meanwhile, traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 77 southbound at Tyvola.
An accident was blocking two of three lanes on I-77 north after 3 p.m.
On Interstate 85 northbound near Sugar Creek Road, a car was blocking two lanes of traffic, causing significant delays.
Interstate 40 is closed in a 4-mile stretch of Catawba County, due to numerous wrecks, the N.C. Highway Patrol said at 2 p.m. Heavy sleet has been falling there for the past hour.
Earlier today, crews responded a multi-vehicle collision in Huntersville that sent two people to the hospital.
MEDIC says one person sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision at the intersection of Huntersville-Concord and Sims roads. The patient was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main for treatment.
A Huntersville Fire Department truck that was responding to another wreck was also involved in an accident this afternoon when a car slid across the icy road into it’s path, department officials said.
View a list of all active traffic incidents at http://maps.cmpd.org/trafficaccidents/
Emergency officials are asking people to exercise extreme caution while trying to navigate area roads this afternoon.
Local and state transportation officials began working Thursday to prepare for the winter storm, with hundreds of trucks criss-crossing major thoroughfares spreading a solution that helps prevent ice from forming.
Charlotte transportation officials said it planned to have 34 trucks out to treat major thoroughfares, bridges and culverts on city and selected state-maintained streets, as well as hospital entrances and other locations as emergencies are called in.