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Today’s traffic: 5 hurt in I-85 wreck near Freedom Drive

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Davie Hinshaw - The Charlotte Observer
A car collided into a pickup truck pulling a trailer Thursday on inbound Interstate 85 near Freedom Drive.

Five people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday morning on northbound Interstate 85 in west Charlotte.

It was one of several serious collisions during the morning commute.

The wreck on northbound I-85 was reported about 8:45 a.m. near Exit 34. Police said a car struck the rear of a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck.

The collision blocked the left two lanes of I-85 for about an hour, and traffic was still slow in the area at 10:30 a.m.

Medic said it transported five people to the hospital. One victim had life-threatening injuries, authorities said, and the other four people had less-serious injuries.

Here is the 10:30 a.m. update:

I-85, Cabarrus County ... All lanes are open after an incident about 6 a.m. in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle. It happened at the N.C. 73 interchange (Exit 55), and all southbound lanes were closed for about 45 minutes.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the fatality. One lane was reopened about 6:45 a.m., and all lanes were open an hour later. At one point, traffic was backed up 7 miles. Conditions have returned to normal at 9:20 a.m.

High school graduations

Motorists can expect delays on outbound Independence Boulevard and on Monroe Road during the day. All three high schools holding graduations at Bojangles Coliseum are from southeast Mecklenburg County.

Here is when to expect delays:

10-10:30 a.m. ... Providence High commencement ends.

11:30 a.m.-noon ... Arrival for South Mecklenburg High commencement.

1:30-2 p.m. ... South Mecklenburg graduates and families leave.

3-3:30 p.m. ... People arrive for Butler High’s graduation.

5-6 p.m. ... Butler graduates and families leave – heading outbound at the same time as the evening commute.

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