KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- One person is dead and a portion of Interstate 85 is closed Friday afternoon after a multi-vehicle crash in Kannapolis.
The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. near mile marker 60 at an overpass when a van traveling south crossed over the median and into oncoming traffic and hit a tractor-trailer head on in the northbound lanes.
Two people in the white van were ejected from the vehicle, and a helicopter arrived on the highway to take the victims to a nearby hospital. One of those victims has died, Highway Patrol confirmed.
The southbound lanes re-opened around 2:15 p.m., but all northbound lanes are closed.
The van hit a green-colored car carrier 18-wheeler, and it's unclear if the driver of that vehicle was hurt.
Drivers are exiting at Highway 29 to avoid the heavy delays.
Stay with NewsChannel 36 and WCNC.com for more information on this developing story.