One person airlifted, I-85 NB closed for hours after serious crash

I-85 was closed from just before noon until nearly 2:00 pm on Thursday

New details about serious crash on I-85

KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - One person was airlifted after a crash involving multiple vehicles on I-85 in Kannapolis that caused major traffic problems for drivers Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened on northbound I-85 just south of Exit 63. From WBTV’s Sky3, it appeared the wreck involved a dump truck, a box truck and another vehicle.

The dump truck was owned by the NCDOT. That driver was not hurt, according to DOT.

RAW VIDEO: Person airlifted, I-85 NB closed after multi-vehicle crash in Kannapolis

Several other vehicles - including a Greyhound bus - were pulled over near the scene, but they were not involved in the collision.

“It looked to me like the little car got tangled up between the dump truck and the box truck there," said David Wallace.

One person could be seen being taken to a medical helicopter which landed in the middle of the interstate.

The wreck caused backup for miles as the northbound lanes of I-85 were closed.

Jay Knight was trying to get to class at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“All of a sudden I’m heading down the highway on 85, come around the corner, had to slam on brakes," Knight said.

Jay got on his CB radio and found out what was happening from truckers.

“I was sitting there talking to truckers, what’s the closest exit I can get off," Knight added.

The crash was in a work zone. Some drivers simply turned around and drove the wrong way up the shoulder.

All lanes were reopened just before 2 p.m.

There is no word on what may have led to the crash or if any charges are being filed.

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