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I-77 wreck slowing traffic, other roads blocked

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Traffic on northbound Interstate 77 was flowing again after a wreck between Tyvola Road and Woodlawn Road sent five people to the hospital Thursday and blocked two of three lanes.

Both the right and left lanes of the highway were blocked, restricting inbound traffic to the center lane and slowing traffic to a crawl, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Traffic was backed up more than four miles.

A spokesperson for Medic, the county’s paramedic service, said the five injured people were taken to Carolinas Medical Center near uptown with injuries described as nonlife-threatening.

Traffic began flowing again – slowly – around 8:30 a.m.

Police were at the scene of several wrecks on major thoroughfares:

• Providence Road was blocked in two places – at McKee Road and at Sharon Lane.

• Billy Graham Parkway at Boyer Street has traffic delays because of a wreck with injuries.

• Rutgers Avenue and West Sugar Creek road is blocked because of a collision with injuries.

• Independence Boulevard at Sardis Road is blocked because of a collision in the roadway, although police said no injuries were reported.

A traffic wreck injured at least one person on Waxhaw Highway in south Charlotte. The severity of the victim’s injuries was unclear, but paramedics cleared the scene before most commuters hit the roads.

A traffic signal was reportedly malfunctioning at Wilkinson Boulevard near Old Dowd Road – near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, but city workers have fixed that problem.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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