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Driver charged with DWI in I-85 crash that injures three, blocks lanes

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The scene of a crash that injured three people on Interstate 85 southbound in north Charlotte early Tuesday.
The scene of a crash that injured three people on Interstate 85 southbound in north Charlotte early Tuesday.

A driver involved in a crash that injured three people on southbound Interstate 85 in north Charlotte on Tuesday morning has been charged with driving while impaired.

According to state troopers, the crash happened at around 12:50 a.m. between exits 36 and 37, shutting down all lanes for hours.

A woman identified as Winnie Shurlow was driving a Kia Optima when she swerved into the lane of a tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to lose control and hit the concrete barrier, troopers say.

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Winnie Shurlow Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

The impact broke the barrier and concrete pieces flew into northbound lanes. The Highway Patrol said two other vehicles, including a silver SUV, were also hit during the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer went to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. Two other people went to Novant Health in unknown conditions.

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