Inbound lanes were open on South Boulevard at Hebron Street at 11:15 a.m. after being closed all morning as emergency crews worked to clear the area of downed power lines. Outbound lanes were still seeing some congestion as crews finished cleaning up the rest of the debris where a car collided with a power pole.
The accident occurred at the intersection at 2:30 a.m., sending one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the wrecked car, 47-year-old Richard Wesson of Florida, has been charged with DWI and reckless driving to endanger, reports show.
Commuters were advised to avoid the area by taking Sharon Road West to Park Road as a detour route.
Elsewhere in Charlotte, major highways were congested Friday morning drivers began their end-of-week commutes to work.
Traffic was backed up on South Tryon and Westinghouse Boulevard just after 8 a.m. from a disabled vehicle in the roadway and also on I-77 at the Westinghouse Boulevard exit.
Also on I-77, a wreck between Gilead and Sam Furr Roads had clogged the roadways for about an hour.
And things were slow-moving on the inner loop of 485, where the average morning speed was 33 mph for drivers on the stretch between Providence Road and I-77.
Friday’s weather promises to continue the area’s trend of hot and humid days. Temperatures are expected to rise to 88 degrees.
The forecast calls for a partly sunny day with a chance of thunderstorms after 3 p.m.
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