HUNTERSVILLE - Three separate accidents involving several vehicles shut down traffic on Interstate 77 south for hours overnight.
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A car resting in a ditch was badly damaged and debris was scattered across the roadway.
Crews had to hose down the road in order to clean it off. Troopers told Channel 9 the crash involved two tractor trailers and a Honda Civic.
Huntersville firefighters also said one person had to be extricated from the crash but that everyone else involved refused treatment.
"I heard it. It sounded like a freight train going down," said motorist Dennis Bradley.
Officials said a second accident involving a tractor-trailer that rear-ended a box truck happened in the same area shortly after the first crash was being cleaned up.
A third wreck happened at the same time involving another tractor-trailer and a passenger car, and was being investigated by Huntersville police.
Troopers believe the accidents happened because drivers weren't expecting construction and lanes closures at the exit for Interstate 485.
All lanes were reopened before 5 a.m.