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2 hurt in wrong-way I-77 crash

Two people were injured early Monday in a head-on crash on Interstate 77 in south Charlotte, and the N.C. Highway Patrol says it was a wrong-way collision.

Authorities say they started getting calls shortly after midnight from motorists, saying someone was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-77 not far from uptown. Several troopers began looking for the driver, hoping to prevent a crash. But they weren’t in time.

Shortly after 12:15 a.m., troopers say, the southbound car clipped the side of a northbound vehicle, sending it spinning. Troopers arrived moments later, and the driver was taken to the hospital by Medic with minor injuries.

Investigators began looking for the southbound vehicle and found it in a wooded area off the side of I-77. The driver was still inside, troopers say.

That driver also was taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center. The N.C. Highway Patrol says charges are pending in the case.

The crash forced the closure of northbound I-77 for nearly two hours overnight.

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