Three major problems are causing problems for motorists at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Charlotte area.
Power lines are down, blocking South Tryon Street near Carowinds Boulevard. A stalled vehicle is adding to congestion problems on southbound Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County. And there is a collision with a vehicle fire on southbound I-85 in west Charlotte.
The South Tryon wreck occurred when a car went off the road on the inbound side, rolling up an embankment and knocking down power lines. All inbound lanes are closed, effectively between Carowinds Boulevard and Westinghouse Boulevard.
Here is the 8 a.m. update:
I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; also, a stalled vehicle blocking the left lane between George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) and Poplar Tent Road (N.C. 73); traffic moving 5-15 mph near Exit 54 and moving 10-20 mph from N.C. 73 down to I-485.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-30 mph from the lake down to Exit 23 in Huntersville.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to Woodlawn Road.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Village Lake Drive to Sharon Amity Road.
South Tryon Street at General Drive ... A collision reported about 7 a.m., and it includes downed power lines; all inbound lanes were closed at 8 a.m.; motorists should find alternate routes until at least 9 a.m.
I-85 southbound, west Charlotte ... Collision with a car fire reported near the Billy Graham Parkway; moderate delays.
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