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I-85 back open in Gaston County after crash near US 321

Gastonia police said a flatbed truck broke down on the off-ramp at Exit 17 and was hit by a car. It caused several miles of backups.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — All lanes of northbound Interstate 85 in Gaston County near U.S. 321 are back open after a crash early Thursday morning, police said. 

Gastonia police said the crash happened on the off-ramp to Exit 17 around 4 a.m. Officers said a flatbed truck that broke down was hit by a car on the ramp. The driver of the car was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. 

Two lanes of I-85 were closed through 7:45 a.m. before crews were able to clear the scene. The crash caused several miles of backups in Gastonia during peak travel times. 

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