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I-485 reopens after fiery dump truck crash kills one


A section of a major Charlotte intersection has reopened after a man died when a dump truck hit a barrier wall and burst into flames in south Charlotte.

The incident was reported just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the outer loop of Interstate 485 near the Johnston Road exit.

The dump truck, partially loaded with human waste, was traveling on I-458 Outer Loop in the left lane before veering slightly out of the lane. That's when it hit a concrete construction barrier with a crash cushion on the end, officials said.

The vehicle then overturned and erupted into flames with the driver trapped inside.

Medic crews confirmed the driver, later identified as 54-year-old Bobby Koe Hunt, of Rock Hill, was dead when they arrived on scene.

The vehicle involved was a 2006 Mack dump truck owned by TNT of York Co. Inc.

The outer loop was closed to traffic between the NC 51 and Johnston Road exits. DOT officials say they expect that section of I-485 to be closed until at least early Thursday afternoon.

Just after noon, Highway Patrol officials told WBTV that one lane of traffic was reopened in the area.

Drivers are being sent off the interstate at N.C. 51 (Exit 64-A) and Pineville police are directing traffic through the local roads.

DOT repaved the damaged section of the roadway Thursday night due to the fire damaging the asphalt. They closed one lane at a time during the repairs.

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