All northbound I-85 lanes blocked for hours

Northbound Interstate 85 was blocked for more than five hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side in Gaston County.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers asked the public to be on the lookout for a car that likely caused the wreck then sped away.

The wreck happened around 7:40 a.m. near Exit 22, the Cramerton/Lowell exit. The damaged truck was sprawled across all three lanes of traffic, preventing any vehicles from getting by.

Traffic on the southbound side of I-85 also backed up as motorists slowed to gawk.

A Highway Patrol trooper told WSOC-TV that a white vehicle caused the wreck, then drove away.

Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for a white car with significant damage. Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.

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