A number of wrecks are being reported early Monday afternoon across the Charlotte area, perhaps caused in part by heavy rain.
Charlotte firefighters were called about 12:30 p.m. to free a trapped motorist in a collision at Randolph and Wendover roads in southeast Charlotte. Injuries were reported in that collision, and traffic is heavily congested in the area.
A spokesman for the Charlotte Fire Department said a crew of 12 firefighters was able to free the motorist in a little more than 15 minutes. Medic said it took two patients with potentially life-threatening injuries to Carolinas Medical Center.
Another problem is at a familiar location for wrecks – the ramp from southbound I-85 to southbound I-77. A tractor-trailer jackknifed earlier Monday afternoon, and traffic is heavily congested in the area.
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Motorists are reminded to use caution Monday afternoon because streets are wet and ponding has been reported on several roads due to the heavy rain.
Here is the 1:25 p.m. traffic update:
Arrowood Road ... Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from I-77 to Forest Point Boulevard. Crews are working on a new water line, and construction is scheduled through Aug. 13.
Johnson and Wales Way ... The road is closed between West Trade and West Fourth streets through Aug. 8. Crews are doing storm water and utility work on the road.
I-85 northbound and southbound, north Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph between Harris Boulevard and I-77.
I-85 southbound ramp to I-77 southbound ... Jackknifed tractor-trailer, with heavy delays.
Mallard Creek Road at Governor Hunt Road ... Collision; moderate delays.
Central Avenue at Sharon Amity Road ... Collision; moderate delays.
Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph in both directions between the state line and I-485.
Randolph Road at Wendover Road ... Moderate delays due to an earlier collision with injuries and trapped motorist.
Providence Road at Ardrey Kell Road ... Power lines down; moderate to heavy delays.
Kuykendall Road at McKee Road ... Collision; moderate delays.
I-85 in both directions, Gaston County ... Congestion and bad weather; traffic moving 30-35 mph between U.S. 321 and the Catawba River.