Charlotte-area morning commute mired by heavy congestion

Emergency workers on scene of an accident involving a car and a CATS bus on West Trade, June 4, 2015.
Emergency workers on scene of an accident involving a car and a CATS bus on West Trade, June 4, 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Traffic in some parts of the Charlotte metro area has already started to jam Thursday morning as overnight road maintenance has halted some motorists during their morning commutes.

At about 8:30 a.m., a Charlotte Area Transit System bus was involved in a crash on Trade Street in uptown. Two people were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries, emergency officials said.

Throughout the morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated a flurry of accidents, including two with injuries at Reagan and Ventura Way drives, near Interstate 85 in northeast Charlotte, and at South Hoskins Road and Gossett Avenue.

Two hit-and-run accidents had been reported – at Old Statesville Road and West W.T. Harris Boulevard, and at Tyvola and Old Pineville roads.

Police reported traffic control malfunctions at Park and Sharon roads and Conference Drive at East Independence Boulevard, and accidents on South Tryon Street at Sandy Porter Road; South Tryon and West Bland streets; East Fourth Street at the John Belk Freeway; Little Rock Road; East Independence Boulevard; Eastfield Road and Madison Park Drive; and South Mint and South Graham streets.

The N.C. Department of Transportation reported heavy congestion on I-85 south at the exit 38 ramp, which leads onto I-77. Wrecks were also reported on Freedom Drive, I-77 south near exit 23, and Old Statesville Road at Cindy Lane.

Highway officials also reported delays on I-77 north from the I-85 exit to Arrowood Road. While no lanes were blocked, officials do not expect the pace to pick up until about 10 a.m.

Motorists on I-77 south from Huntersville to Cornelius were also moving slowly due to construction in the area.