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I-85 Southbound reopened in Gaston County

A crash on Interstate 85 near US 321 caused backups into Belmont.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A crash on the southbound lanes of I-85 in Gaston County caused miles-long backups into Belmont Tuesday.

The crash near the exit to US-321 around 1 p.m. caused the initial closure of all southbound lanes. By 5 p.m., one of the lanes had reopened but delays remained.

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The  North Carolina Department of Transportation estimated the incident wouldn't be completely cleared until about 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the DriveNC website confirmed the interstate had reopened.

WCNC Charlotte reached out to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for more information on the crash, and we were told it was within the Gastonia Police Department's jurisdiction. A spokesperson for the department is working to confirm full details.

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