STATESVILLE – On Friday, August 7, at approximately 10:35 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to an overturned tractor-trailer on I-77 South just south of the I-40 interchange. An enclosed tractor-trailer, hauling plastic recyclables, was traveling east on the I-40 off-ramp and lost control while attempting to merge onto I-77 South. The truck collided with a guardrail and overturned in the median of I-77. There are no injuries.
I-77 South is blocked at I-40 and expected to remain closed until 5:00 p.m. The I-40 East exit ramp to I-77 South is open. I-77 South traffic is being diverted to US 21, onto I-40 East, and back to I-77 South.
Local traffic should avoid the area due to extensive backups and delays. Crews are working to clear the scene as quickly and safely as possible.