I-485 Closed in both directions after construction accident - | WBTV Charlotte

I-485 Closed in both directions after construction accident

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A construction accident Wednesday afternoon caused a section of I-485 to be closed.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. near Highway 51.

All lanes of the interstate in both directions were closed around 5:10 p.m. All lanes re-opened about an hour later.

Officials from Duke Energy released a statement about the closure which said, in part, "We apologize for any delays this caused motorist, however this was a safety issue." 
 
Officials said a power line was accidentally taken down during construction work taking place to widen the road.

The statement continued, "Because of the potential safety issues, we made the prudent decision to repair the line as quickly as possible. Per our process, we contacted the highway patrol and begin working to bring in equipment and prepare the area for the repairs. This is time intensive work, and unfortunately, when everything was ready to make repairs, it was already rush hour."

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