Pedestrian accident causes lane closures early Tuesday on I-85 near Catawba River

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Three people were hospitalized in a crash that closed part of Interstate 85 southbound in west Charlotte near the Catawba River Tuesday morning.

A pedestrian was struck before 7 a.m. on I-85 SB near Sam Wilson Road and the Weigh Station, Highway Patrol confirms.

Medic says they took three people, priority two, to Atrium-Main.

Several lanes of the highway were closed for a time as responders worked the scene. Details surrounding the crash were not released.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 pm and midnight. Here are a few simple tips to help keep yourself safe while walking near traffic.