CHARLOTTE — One person died and two others were seriously injured after a crash in a construction zone on Interstate 85 north of Charlotte, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The three-vehicle crash happened around 1:15 a.m. on I-85 northbound near Statesville Avenue.
At 2.30am, MEDIC told Channel 9 they had declared one person dead at the scene of the accident and had taken two people to hospital with serious injuries.
Troopers said the highway was reduced to one lane for overnight construction when a vehicle rear ended another vehicle stopped in traffic. The vehicle that was hit then hit another car in front of it.
A passenger in the back of the vehicle that was hit first died instantly, soldiers said.
The driver of the vehicle that stopped the stopped cars left the scene on foot, the soldiers said. They did not say if the person had been found.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said all lanes on I-85 reopened around 4:30 a.m.
A Channel 9 crew at the scene saw a lorry with a front end and what appeared to be an SUV with extensive rear damage being towed from the motorway around the same time.
This is a developing story. Check www.wsoctv.com for updates.
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