I-485 crashes send two to hospital

I-485 Near John Street (WBTV)
I-485 Near John Street (WBTV)

Charlotte, N.C. (WBTV) The North Carolina Highway Patrol suspect a drunk driver caused an accident on Interstate 485 early Saturday morning. The accident happened around 4:30am, and the road remained closed for about 3 hours.

According to state troopers, Department of Transportation workers were redirecting traffic to the right lane of outbound I-485 near the Weddington Bridge Road exit when a woman crashed her car into the back of a DOT truck.

She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Matthews with serious injuries. Troopers believe alcohol was a factor.

Less than 30 minutes later, the traffic backup from that accident is suspected of playing a part in a second accident on I-485 near the John Street exit, according to the Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a tractor trailer was stopped when Gregory Autry, of Indian Trail, slammed his SUV into the back of the trailer. Autry was pinned in the vehicle and rescue crews had to cut him out.

A trooper said Autry sustained serious injuries, but is expected to recover. The driver of the tractor trailer, David Mowry, was not hurt. Highway Patrol troopers suspect Autry might have fallen asleep at the wheel.