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I-85 reopens after fiery wreck shuts down highway

Fiery truck wreck closes part of I-85

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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.

The wreck happened shortly before 5 a.m.

Staff Photographer Davie Hinshaw contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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