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.
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.