An overnight truck wreck on northbound Interstate 77 in Cornelius continues causing problems for motorists on both sides of the highway Wednesday morning.
At 8:30 a.m., traffic on the northbound side is snarled for about 6 miles, with only one lane open near Exit 28. But southbound traffic also is slowed, due to congestion and the fact that many motorists are slowing down to look at the truck wreck. The N.C. Department of Transportation expects backups to continue until just before noon.
Both northbound lanes were closed for several hours during the night. The wreck took place about 4 a.m., with one truck allegedly running into the rear of another tractor-trailer. One person was injured.
The N.C. Highway Patrol says there was a spill of paint from one truck.
Motorists can use Statesville Road or Old Statesville Road as alternate routes, but that also is busy. If you plan to do that, get off I-77 at Harris Boulevard, because backups begin a short distance north of there.
Here is the 8:30 a.m. update:
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion, and slowdowns near the wreck scene on the northbound side; traffic moving 5-20 mph from the lake down to Exit 23 in Huntersville.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Woodlawn Road.
I-77 northbound, Lake Norman area ... Slowdown due to an overnight wreck near Exit 28; traffic moving 5-15 mph from mile marker 18 to mile marker 28.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from George Liles Parkway down to I-485.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 5-15 mph from Margaret Wallace Road to Idlewild Road.
Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-15 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.
Harris Boulevard at Milton Road ... Collision reported about 8:10 a.m.; minor delays.
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