One killed in logging truck crash on I-77 NB in Iredell County

One dead after logging truck crash on I-77

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was killed in a crash involving a logging truck that shut down a portion of Interstate 77 northbound near Statesville Wednesday morning.

The two-vehicle crash happened around 8:50 a.m. on Interstate 77 northbound at Exit 52, I-40, in Iredell County.

A Toyota Scion was traveling northbound in the left lane and driving erratically, witnesses told troopers. The Toyota reportedly lost control and collided with the median guardrail before crashing into an International tractor-trailer logging truck.

The driver of the Toyota, 27-year-old Henry Alexander Gonzales Rodriguez, was killed. The driver of the logging truck was not hurt.

Troopers say impairment is not suspected. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The interstate was closed for two hours, causing traffic backups from Exit 49 to Exit 52 with people getting out and walking around on the highway.

Officials advised motorists to take US-21 north to re-access I-77 north.

No charges are expected.

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