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Charlotte NC car accident reported on I-85 at I-77

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

A 70-year-old man was struck by a truck in Charlotte Monday morning while responding to an accident involving his granddaughter, authorities said.

Robert Leslie White, of Mount Holly, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center after he was knocked unconscious trying to get to his granddaughter, Mary Price, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Dana Bowen.

“He’s alert and fine,” Bowen said. “He got a little scrape on his face.”

At about 11:15 a.m., Price was driving on Interstate 85 near mile marker 38 in Charlotte. She began to merge onto Interstate 77 when she changed her mind.

“She spun out and was hit by two other vehicles,” Bowen said. Nobody was seriously injured in the wreck.

Authorities had closed all but one lane after responding to the accident involving Price when White pulled onto the shoulder of the road and tried to cross the highway at about 11:50 a.m.

“He went to cross and got clipped by a pick-up truck,” Bowen said, noting that the truck was probably traveling about 20 mph. “The mirror caught him and knocked him unconscious.”

The trooper added: “The gentleman is very lucky.”

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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