Deer were the big problem for motorists during the early part of the Tuesday morning commute, but more typical vehicle-versus-vehicle collisions caused most of the problems afterward.
At 9:30 a.m., most traffic trouble spots have cleared, but there still are a few problems around the region.
The worst problem is on the inner loop of Interstate 485 in southeast Charlotte. A multi-vehicle wreck earlier in the morning slowed travel speeds to 5 or 10 mph at times, between Matthews and the Ballantyne area. Speeds have improved to 30 to 40 mph by 9:30 a.m.
There were five reports of deer and vehicles colliding or deer on major roadways before 6:30 a.m. Most of those were in York and Lancaster counties, but one collision was on I-485 near Providence Road in southeast Charlotte. Another was reported about 7:30 a.m. north of Charlotte, on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.
At least one person was hurt in a collision of two vehicles, at Amay James Avenue and West Boulevard.
Here is the 9:30 a.m. traffic update:
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Village Lake Drive to uptown.
Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-40 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to uptown.