Transportation officials reopened Interstate 77 North in Cornelius shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, but traffic delays will linger due to backups.
The stretch of interstate near Exit 28 (Catawba Avenue) was closed for nearly five hours because of a tractor-trailer accident. It happened at 2:22 a.m. at Exit 28, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
TV station WSOC reported an orange 18-wheeler was speeding and clipped the back of a white tractor-trailer that had slowed down. Neither driver was injured, and authorities cited the driver of the orange truck for speeding, reported WSOC.
The Huntersville Fire Department says a saddle tank carrying diesel fuel was ruptured as a result of the accident, and there were reports of fuel spilled. WSOC reported a HAZMAT team was called to clean up the roadway before it could reopen.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is advising motorists to take Exit 28 to northbound N.C. 115. Continue to Griffith Street and head west to get back on I-77 North.