Wrecks keep Charlotte rescue crews busy

08/18/2014 3:35 PM

08/18/2014 3:36 PM

Charlotte firefighters and rescue personnel were kept busy with three serious wrecks in a period of less than three hours Monday.

Two injuries were reported in the wrecks, which took place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The first incident was reported about 10 a.m. at Hamorton Place and The Plaza, a block north of Central Avenue. One motorist was reported trapped in a wreck, and a crew of eight Charlotte firefighters freed the victim in five minutes. That motorist was taken by Medic to the hospital, but the extent of the victim’s injuries was not known.

Then about 11:15 a.m., a car and tractor-trailer collided on the ramp from northbound Interstate 85 to the Billy Graham Parkway, authorities said. That caused a fuel spill, which forced the closure of the ramp until about 2:15 p.m. A hazardous materials team was called in to clean up the spill.

And at 12:45 p.m., a wreck at Monroe Road and Sardis Road North left an overturned vehicle. A crew of 18 firefighters freed a trapped motorist in 11 minutes, fire officials said. Medic took that victim to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries described as potentially life-threatening.

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