CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A serious accident shut down East 4th Street near uptown Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 2:30, Charlotte Fire confirmed an accident that knocked down power lines near the interchange with I-277. According to Medic, one person was taken to CMC with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Drivers are advised to find an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.

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