3 killed in accident on I-77 near uptown Charlotte

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Three people were killed after their car collided with a tractor-trailer on an interstate near uptown Charlotte early Monday, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The accident happened just before 2 a.m. on Interstate 77 near Remount Road, after a BMW rear-ended a tractor-trailer and was dragged several hundred feet.

John Burgin of the Highway Patrol said the driver of the tractor-trailer didn’t realize he had been rear-ended. He thought he had a flat tire, and when he stopped, about 1,500 feet after impact, he realized the BMW was underneath his tractor-trailer.

“It was devastating. Just the injuries that occurred. It’s probably one of the worst I’ve seen in a long, long time with the damage to the people,” Burgin said.

A witness told the driver of the tractor-trailer that the BMW passed the witness going more than 100 miles per hour. A few minutes later, the witness said he saw the BMW had rear-ended the tractor-trailer. Troopers are investigating contributing factors and have not ruled out alcohol.

No names of the victims have been released.

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