I-85 blocked after pedestrian killed

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by STEVE LYTTLE / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 2:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One person was killed early Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 85, apparently after falling or jumping off a bridge onto the freeway.

The N.C. Highway Patrol confirms a fatality, and police radio reports indicated a pedestrian was killed.

The incident happened around noon, on southbound I-85 near the Freedom Drive overpass. The N.C. Department of Transportation reported “a jumper” had caused all southbound lanes to be closed.

At 12:15 p.m., troopers were able to open one southbound lane. A shoe could be seen in the southbound lane near the bridge, with the victim’s body about 40 feet away. Pieces of a vehicle could be seen nearby on the roadway.

Traffic is badly snarled in the area, and motorists should consider finding an alternate route.

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