One person was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car on Interstate 77 at I-40 Wednesday morning.
The name of the person who died is not being released pending notification of next of kin, said Trooper Nick Chapman of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The crash happened shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Chapman said the tractor-trailer, which was hauling cut timber, was traveling north in the right lane and a Toyota Scion SC was traveling north in the left lane. The Scion crested a small hill and came upon a slower-moving vehicle, Chapman said.
“The driver braked really hard and lost control,” Chapman said.
The Scion went off the road and struck the guardrail and the impact sent the car into the right travel lane into the path of the tractor-trailer, Chapman said. The semi struck the Scion in the door and both vehicles then ran off the road to the right.
The tractor-trailer then overturned and the Scion came to rest with its truck against the semi, Chapman said. The truck did not overturn onto the car, he said.
Both lanes of northbound I-77 were closed for more than an hour, Chapman said. He said the left lane was expected to reopen around 10:30 a.m.
Ebenezer and Statesville fire departments, along with the Iredell County Rescue Squad and Iredell EMS all responded to the crash.