All lanes on Interstate 85 northbound were reopened before rush hour Wednesday after a tractor-trailer slammed into a bridge near U.S. 29/ N.C. 49 and caught fire.
All of the northbound lanes were closed until 4 p.m. as crews cleaned up debris, including cotton bales the truck was hauling. The shoulder is closed as crews clean up and travelers should still expect delays.
Twenty-three Charlotte firefighters were needed to free two people from the truck. Medic reported treating the injured for life-threatening injuries and taking them to Carolinas Medical Center.
The bridge from North Tryon Street to southbound I-85 was closed due to possible damage from the truck slamming into it, Charlotte fire officials said.
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The wreck happened shortly before 5 a.m.
Staff Photographer Davie Hinshaw contributed.