Two killed after street-sweeping truck runs off I-77 in Charlotte

Troopers respond to the fatal crash on Interstate 77.
Troopers respond to the fatal crash on Interstate 77. WBTV

Two Charlotte men died Sunday morning after their street-sweeping truck apparently slid off rain-slicked Interstate 77.

Shortly before 7 a.m., a firefighter saw the wrecked truck on I-77 southbound near Sunset Road, according to the state Highway Patrol. The firefighter looked inside and saw the two victims.

The truck had apparently run off the right side of the highway and slammed into trees several hours earlier, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Pierce. The Highway Patrol said the accident appears to be weather-related, noting that an early morning downpour left area highways covered in water.

The heavy rainfall left state troopers in the Charlotte region responding to more than double the usual number of accidents.

The victims found along I-77 have been identified, but authorities are not releasing their names until their relatives are notified. They worked for Major Clean Inc., a private company that cleans parking lots for businesses, Pierce said.

Investigators believe the wrecked truck had been resting on the highway’s shoulder for several hours before daylight allowed other drivers to see it.

When Medic arrived on the scene, the two men were already dead, a spokesman said.

According to WBTV, Major Clean issued this statement Sunday:

“It is impossible to express in words how deeply saddened we are over this terrible tragedy. Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to their families and loved ones.”

Ames Alexander: 704-358-5060, @amesalex