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Truck wreck clogs Interstate 85 north near Harris Boulevard

By April Bethea
abethea@charlotteobserver.com
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    - Robert Lahser, rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Traffic is backed up on Interstate 85 in north Charlotte after a wreck Wednesday afternoon that briefly shut down all northbound lanes.
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    - Robert Lahser, rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Traffic on I-85 North is backed up due to a tanker truck accident on I-85 Northbound lane just below the Harris Boulevard exit.
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    - N.C. Department of Transportation
    The northbound lanes of I-85 are blocked just south of Mallard Creek Road after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 85 have reopened Wednesday afternoon after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer. But congestion remains in the area.

Medic said three people were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the wreck, which was reported around 12:40 p.m. on I-85 near mile marker 45.

All northbound lanes were closed for about 45 minutes after the two-vehicle collision.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, all lanes were open but traffic was moving at an average speed of 20 miles per hour.

Motorists who want to avoid the congestion can get off at Harris Boulevard and turn right, then turn left on North Tryon Street, then left on Mallard Creek Church Road back to I-85.

Charlotte firefighters were at the scene to try to control a fuel leak, according to a department spokesman. A hazardous materials team had been called out.

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