A woman driver was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to the hospital in Charlotte Saturday afternoon after her car ran into the rear of a nearly stopped tractor-trailer. The wreck happened around 1:45 p.m., and forced the closure of I-77 near Exit 30 in Davidson.
Car overturns on Davidson-Concord Road. Details below.
Both lanes of the highway were closed briefly while an emergency helicopter landed to evacuate the unidentified woman, according to Davidson public safety officials.
Witnesses said the southbound lane reopened around 2:20 p.m., but the northbound lane remained closed for a while afterward. At 5 p.m., the NC DOT reported all lanes were open, but traffic could remain slow through at least 5:30 p.m.
Emergency personnel said the woman’s car rear-ended a nearly stopped tractor trailer in the northbound lanes just before Exit 30. Davidson and Cornelius firefighters had to cut her out of the vehicle. Davidson Engine 3 stopped traffic in the southbound lanes for the helicopter landing, and the woman was flown out to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
At around 2 p.m., Davidson firefighters and police also responded to a second, less serious wreck, in which a Chevy Lumina overturned in the 19000 block of Davidson-Concord Road. The car landed in a ditch, but the driver was able to crawl out without injuries, according to the fire department.