Tractor-trailer crash that injured two on I-85 leaves oil cleanup, traffic delays

Tractor-trailer crash that injured two on I-85 leaves oil cleanup, traffic delays
An accident on the I-85 on Friday afternoon sent two people to the hospital and congested traffic on the highway for drivers as officials investigated the scene. (Source: Ron Lee)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An accident that congested traffic on I-85 on Friday afternoon sent two people to the hospital and spilled oil on the highway.

The accident happened around 12:13 p.m. near University City Boulevard and involved a Honda Accord and a tractor-trailer. Troopers say a woman traveling with a small child hydroplaned and entered the tractor-trailer’s travel lane. In an attempt to avoid contact with the car, the tractor-trailer veered off and crashed into the median.

Crews worked to clean off the oil but say the rain was causing issues with cleanup.

The woman and child went to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries. One person was seriously injured and the other suffered minor injuries, but officials did not provide further details. The truck driver was not injured.

Troopers say impairment does not appear to be a factor, but say the woman could be charged with exceeding the speed limit in unsafe conditions.

No further information has been released at this time.

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