A 54 year-old Rock Hill man was killed Thursday morning when his dump truck overturned on Interstate 485 near Johnston Road, shutting down the busy highway’s outer loop for more than four hours as first responders cleared the wreckage.
Bobby Koe Hunt, the driver, appeared to have entered a construction lane and hit a barrier, authorities said. His truck flipped and burst into flames.
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper John Burgin said Hunt was not working on the I-485 widening project.
Burgin said an autopsy on Hunt would be difficult because his body was “so burnt.”
Video from NBC Charlotte’s helicopter showed the dump truck, flipped on its side and covered in scorch marks.
The fatality slowed traffic to a crawl on the outer beltline before it was closed around 8:45 a.m. Traffic on the highway was backed up for miles both ways.
The outer loop was shut down between N.C. 51 and Johnston Road, and authorities encouraged travelers to seek alternate routes.
Traffic was moving slowly on the outer loop around 12:30 p.m. The road reopened by midafternoon. It wasn’t immediately clear if the road would need more extensive repairs because of fire damage.
The collision was one of several wrecks that created headaches for commuters Thursday.
A bus wreck on Interstate 77 South at the Wilkinson Boulevard exit slowed traffic for commuters headed into uptown for nearly an hour.
Construction on Interstate 77 also slowed traffic near exit 49 in Iredell County. The shoulder is closed in both directions to provide room for construction of a new Interstate 40, I-77 interchange.
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