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Cleanup underway after tractor-trailer fire injures driver, closed I-77 N near uptown Charlotte

WBTV Charlotte logo WBTV Charlotte 8/16/2022 WBTV Web Staff
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Crews have reopened all lanes on Interstate 77 North near John Belk Freeway after a tractor-trailer fire closed that portion of the interstate Tuesday morning.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the two left lanes on I-77 North near exit 9 and the bridge on Clarkson Street over I-77 were closed to traffic earlier in the day.

Crews said the bridge was not damaged from the crash.

According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the truck driver was able to get out of the vehicle after the crash. Crews said the driver had injuries and was evaluated by first responders.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer driven by Curtis Wesley Lyons was contracted by Walmart and carrying hamburger. They added there is no danger to the environment.

According to the highway patrol, for unknown reasons, the driver ran off the right shoulder of the road and hit the concrete shoulder barrier. The truck then caught fire.

Troopers said the driver was cited on the scene for failure to maintain a lane.

Crews battled a tractor-trailer fire Tuesday morning on Interstate 77 North near the John Belk Freeway. © Provided by WBTV Charlotte Crews battled a tractor-trailer fire Tuesday morning on Interstate 77 North near the John Belk Freeway.

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