1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Huntersville wreck

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comOctober 29, 2013 

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Scene of overturned truck Tuesday, Oct. 29 on I-77 South at Brookshire ramp. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

DIEDRA LAIRD — dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-car crash Tuesday morning in Huntersville, authorities say.

The fatal wreck was among two serious crashes reported in the Charlotte area in a one-hour span.

The fatality was in a collision about 10 a.m. on N.C. 73 (West Catawba Avenue) near Babe Stillwell Farm Road in Huntersville, according to police, and close to the entrance to Blythe Landing Park.

Kristin Young, a spokeswoman for Medic, said the other victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries. According to police, that victim was airlifted from the crash scene.

Another serious wreck was reported about 9 a.m. on southbound Interstate 77’s ramp to the Brookshire Freeway. A truck overturned on the ramp, and Charlotte Fire Department Capt. Rob Brisley said a crew of 13 firefighters needed a little more than 10 minutes to free a trapped motorist.

That victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

Authorities as of Tuesday night had not released the names of the victims.

The ramp from I-77 to the Brookshire Freeway was closed for about 30 minutes but was reopened by 10 a.m. By 10:45 a.m., traffic was moving at a normal pace again in the area.

About the same time, a car slammed into a power pole on Catawba Avenue near the I-77 overpass in Cornelius. The pole and lines blocked Catawba Avenue at I-77 for about three hours, and police were forced to close the ramps from I-77 to Catawba Avenue, which is Exit 28. One police officer described the scene as “gridlock” about a half-hour after the wreck.

Crews were able to clear the damaged lines and pole out of the roadway at midday, and police reopened Catawba Avenue and the ramp around noon.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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