Motorists leaving on Thanksgiving trips and other evening commuters in Charlotte area having a tough time Wednesday evening, due to congestion, collisions and disabled vehicles.
A number of wrecks are being reported in the Charlotte region, and traffic is slow on nearly all major roads.
Some of the slowest traffic is on Interstate 85 northbound in Cabarrus County and on I-85 southbound in Gaston and Cleveland counties.
Here is the 6:35 p.m. traffic update:
Southbound ... Congestion slowing traffic to about 35 mph from Nations Ford Road to I-485.
Northbound ... Congestion near Poplar Tent Road, with average speeds of 20-25 mph.
Southbound ... Congestion between Sam Wilson Road (Exit 29) and mile marker 25. Average speeds of 20-30 mph.
Congestion between N.C. 161 (Exit 8) and Dixon School Road (Exit 5) in Gaston and Cleveland counties. Average speeds of 30 mph.
Outer loop ... Heavy congestion from I-77 to Rea Road.
Numerous intersections ... Traffic signals out in several locations due to power outage.
North Charlotte, north Meck
North Brevard Street at Brookshire Freeway ... Disabled vehicle; moderate delays.
Sharon Amity Road, south of Independence Boulevard ... Pedestrian struck; moderate delays.
Westinghouse Road at South Tryon Street ... Collision; moderate delays.
Lawyers Road at Mill Grove Road ... Hit-and-run collision; moderate delays.