Chain Reaction Crash Causes Traffic Nightmare on Charlotte Freeway

Andrew Tetreault

An initial crash on I-485 Friday night caused a second crash and created miles of backup for drivers.

On Friday, November 1, 2019, at 9:59 p.m., multiple agencies responded to a motor vehicle accident with reported overturn in South Charlotte. The accident happened on I-485 Inner South of Exit 65 (South Blvd). Charlotte Fire Department Ladder 24 arrived on scene and confirmed a two vehicle accident with one vehicle on its side. Both Vehicles ended up on the other side of the guardrail. Charlotte Fire requested the call be upgraded to a "Physical Rescue/Pin In." Fire officials confirm three people were trapped in the overturn vehicle.

Additional resources from Charlotte Fire Department and Pineville Fire Department were sent to the scene to assist with vehicle extrication. During the rescue operation, Charlotte Fire Ladder 24 reported a second crash feet from the first one. No one was injured in the second crash. Pineville and Charlotte Firefighters worked in tandem to extricate victims from the overturned vehicle. Due to the position of the overturned vehicle, firefighters from Both Pineville FD and Charlotte FD had to remove the roof of the vehicle to gain access to the injured victims.

Due to the number of injured, Mecklenburg EMS (MEDIC) requested additional ambulances to the crash. MEDIC confirms three people were transported to Charlotte area hospitals for treatment. One victim was taken to Atrium CMC Trauma Center and 2 additional victims were taken to CMC Pineville.

The two accidents and major emergency response created a traffic nightmare on the interstate. A backup on the inner loop of I-485 stretched for approximately 3 miles and lasted for about 2 hours until the highway was cleared.