Crash creates traffic nightmare on I-77 in Statesville

A crash near the downtown Statesville exit created a traffic nightmare on Interstate 77 southbound on Wednesday afternoon.

The wreck near mile marker 51 temporarily closed the southbound lanes, causing a backup of at least 3 miles throughout the afternoon, the (Statesville) Record & Landmark reported. Northbound lanes remained open.

Details of the wreck were unavailable Wednesday night.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak