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I-85 reopens after lengthy closure caused by overturned truck

The northbound lanes of Interstate 85 were closed after a cement truck overturned near Beatties Ford Road early Tuesday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Interstate 85 is back open after an overturned cement truck shut down the northbound lanes in west Charlotte Tuesday morning, officials said. 

First responders were called to a crash involving a tractor-trailer near Exit 37, which is for Beatties Ford Road, around 4:30 a.m. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews also responded to the scene to assist with the cleanup and investigation. 

At least one person was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and another person suffered minor injuries, according to Medic

One northbound lane of I-85 reopened just after 7:30 a.m. but there are still heavy delays in the area as drivers take alternate routes to avoid the highway. At one point, delays on I-85 were over one hour for drivers coming into Charlotte from the Gastonia area.

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Drivers were advised to take Exit 36 onto Brookshire Freeway, which is NC 16.  Turn right onto NC 16 South.  Follow NC 16 South to I-277.  Continue straight on I-277 to Exit 5 A, I-77 northbound.  Follow I-77 North to reaccess I-85.

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