A truck driver was killed in a crash on I-485 in the outer loop between the Carmel Road overpass and the Johnston Road exit in south Charlotte.
Drivers who were behind the dump truck told Eyewitness News that it slowly started going left out of its lane and hit the edge of a concrete barrier head-on. The truck overturned and caught fire shortly after 8 a.m.
“I looked up, but this was no movie,” said witness Pat Harris.
“It flung sideways through the air (and was) on fire before it hit the ground,” said Johnathon Sherman.
The driver was identified as Bobby Koe Hunt, 54, from Rock Hill. The dump truck was owned by TNT of York County.
Charlotte Fire Department officials said it took firefighters seven minutes to reach the scene, but the driver was already dead when they arrived.
No one else was injured.
The outer loop of I-485 was closed at Interstate 77 for four hours for the investigation and cleanup. One lane reopened shortly after noon.
The area where the accident occurred is under construction for the I-485 widening project.
Some drivers said they think the barrier is too close, just 2 feet from the lane marker, with one calling it an "accident waiting to happen."
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it meets federal guidelines and they installed another crash barrier in the same location
Troopers said that dump truck was partially loaded with human waste. They cleaned the road but the fire damaged the asphalt.
Workers will have to close lanes in that area Thursday night to repave the highway.
All lanes were reopened around 4:30 p.m.
Crews shut down one lane along the outer loop of Interstate 485 between Interstate 77 and Johnston Road while they work to repair a concrete barrier damaged during this morning's fiery crash.
Traffic was backed up for hours and for miles as crews cleaned up the mangled mess.
The fire was so intense it damaged the road beneath it and tonight crews were hard at work Thursday night along I-485 making repairs.
"At this time of day, nothing but gridlock, usually I’ll take another route if I’m coming this way," Jerry Grier said.
Work was expected to be complete before the morning rush hour.