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Traffic: Charlotte firefighters free motorist after collision

Charlotte firefighters freed a motorist from a vehicle after a collision shortly after 8 a.m. Monday at North Caswell Road and East Fifth Street.

Eighteen firefighters helped free the person in eight minutes, Charlotte fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore said.

Medic transported the patient to Novant Presbyterian. The person had potentially life-threatening injuries, Medic reported.

Expect heavy delays to continue at the intersection, Gilmore said about 8:30 a.m.

Another wreck was reported at about the same time on Mallard Creek Church Road just north of Interstate 85.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation, meanwhile, will close the only northbound lane of Remount Road from block 2009 to block 2511 at 9 a.m. Monday.

The monthlong closure is so crews can install a 72-inch storm drain as part of phase I of the Brentwood Place Storm Drainage Improvement Project.

A signed detour will be posted using West Boulevard, Old Steele Creek Road and Wilkinson Boulevard.

The southbound lanes on Remount Road will remain open. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained at all times.

When the storm drainage work is complete, all lanes of Remount Road at block 2020 will be closed to vehicle traffic. A detour will be posted. Local access will be maintained, and CATS service will remain unaffected.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation also has announced that the 5200 block of Macandrew Drive at Rea Road will close for a month beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday to tie Macandrew Drive into the new Rea Road alignment. Macandrew is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Sept. 8, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

Motorists should detour using Shadow Pond Lane, Cotton Creek Drive, Truscott Road, Benbridge Lane and Macandrew Drive.

Local access to homes will be maintained. CATS service will be unaffected.

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