Five things you need to know Wednesday

1. I-85 S at S.C. state line remains closed Wednesday after fiery crash kills one

One person was killed and two others injured after a fiery crash between two tractor-trailers near the state line Tuesday night.

Officials said the two trucks crashed head-on after one crossed the median near exit 106 in Blacksburg, S.C. A witness said he saw an 18-wheeler blow a tire, causing the driver to lose control, smashing into the other truck before bursting into flames. Click here to WATCH footage following the crash.

2. Man accused of setting fire to neighbor's home with child inside arrested

Police in Gaston County said a man accused of burning a house with two adults and a 3-year-old child inside has been arrested. On Tuesday, investigators asked for the public's help locating 48-year-old James Pruitt Jr. in connection with an arson that occurred in the early morning hours of June 11.

According to the Gaston County Detention Center, Pruitt was booked a little after 11:30 Tuesday night. He is being charged with first-degree arson, attempted first-degree murder, and cruelty to animals. 

3. London police: At least six dead in massive apartment fire

Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and sending more than 50 people to area hospitals.

Flames shot from windows all the way up the 24-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington as more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. A plume of smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) over the capital. The scent of acrid smoke hung in the air.

4. Severe storms bring hail, flooding to Charlotte area

Severe storms brought damaging lightning strikes and nickel-sized hail through the Charlotte region Tuesday afternoon and evening. Meteorologist John Wendel said some areas received over two inches of rain during Tuesday's storms, including the busy intersection of Providence Road and Pineville-Matthews Road. Wendel said there's a risk of more strong storms throughout the week.

"Just like today Tuesday, we're going to see those thunderstorms pop up in the afternoon," Wendel said. "These thunderstorms will produce a lot of lightning and very heavy rainfall." Click here for Wednesday's forecast.

5. N.C. marine banned from wearing uniform to high school graduation

Tristan East Rowan High School student was told he could not wear his Marine uniform to his graduation ceremony. Tristan Roseman says he was told his hard-earned dress blues would ‘stand out’ too much.

“As parents we felt really honored and proud of our son serving our country,” Tristan’s mother Sherri said. “For him to not be allowed to walk across the stage in his uniform, that really hurt us.”

The Rosemans say the school’s principal, Julie Erdie, claimed that they wanted to keep their graduation’s dress code consistent. Click here to keep reading.

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