Interstate 85 northbound through Gaston County is backed up for seven miles due to a crash that spilled paint across the travel lanes, according to the Gastonia Police.
Two of three northbound lanes are closed, officials said.
Cleanup will last until 5 p.m. and will impact rush hour, reported the N.C. Department of Transportation.
It happened under the McAdenville Road bridge, near Exit 23, Gastonia Police said in a Facebook post.
“Large spill at site involving 55 gallon drums,” said the post. “I-85 is one lane northbound, expect delays through the afternoon.“
The spill happened about 11:50 a.m. and forced the N.C. Highway Patrol to close the left two northbound lanes, according to DriveNC.gov.
“Expected impact to traffic is high,” warns the NCDOT.
The crash involved a truck carrying green paint for tennis courts, reported the Gaston Gazette. The newspaper says “several people” were injured.