Infant ejected from car in multi-vehicle crash on I-85 in Gaston County

by: Stephanie Tinoco Updated:

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Emergency crews responded to a wreck involving a tractor-trailer and six vehicles about 2:20 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 85 South near Exit 27 in Gaston County, officials said.

Seven people were hospitalized including an 8-month-old infant who was ejected from one of the vehicles. The infant was ejected while seated in a child safety restraint system. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, Belmont police said in a news release.

That wreck was caused by a minor crash involving two vehicles that occurred earlier. There were no serious injuries in the first crash.

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Valerie Gladen was stuck in traffic because of the crash.

 “It looks like complete destruction,” Gladen said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said at 3:25 p.m. that the southbound lanes were closed. Those lanes started to reopen at about 5:15 p.m.

“I’ve never seen a wreck this severe in my life,” motorist Peggy Witter said.

Everyone who was injured was treated and released from the hospital including the infant.

The causes of the collisions are under investigation.

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