By Jeff Rivenbark - email
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Concord woman died in a fiery crash on I-85 which shut down all lanes of the interstate in northeast Charlotte for a brief time Wednesday morning.
A DOT camera showed a car engulfed with flames in the northbound lanes just prior to W.T. Harris Boulevard (exit 45).
Two vehicles were involved in the collision including a passenger car and a bobtail truck which is a tractor without a trailer.
A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the victim, 28-year-old Lizbeth Tapia, slowed down to avoid carpet padding in her lane of travel.
The car behind Tapia swerved into the next lane to avoid hitting Tapia's car.
The bobtail truck then slammed into the rear of Tapia's car, crushing it against the concrete median wall.
The car immediately burst into flames and other drivers reportedly removed Tapia from her car, but it was too late. The highway patrol says she died at the scene.
The driver of the bobtail truck was transported to Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
By 9:30 a.m., the highway patrol reopened one northbound lane around the accident scene, and most of the southbound lanes were moving again. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions.
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