• Bystanders work together to lift car after I-485 wreck

    By: Blake Hanson


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - More than a dozen bystanders jumped into action Friday after a car flipped on Interstate 485 near Brookshire Boulevard.

    The accident happened around 4 p.m. as many were headed home from work.

    IMAGES: Bystanders help after serious wreck on I-485 near Brookshire Blvd.

    North Carolina Highway Patrol said the car was traveling on the outer loop when it swerved into the median, hit the guard cables, and crossed into the inner loop before coming back into the outer loop and flipping.

    Two men were inside at the time of the accident.

    Several drivers pulled over and rushed to the vehicle and pushed it on its side.

    "I saw people out there lifting and moving and pushing the car and so my first instinct was to hop out of my sister's PT Cruiser and do what I can," said Scottie Stowe, one of the good Samaritans.

    The bystanders weren't able to help the two victims get out of the car. First responders took over and got the men out. Both were rushed to CMC.

    North Carolina Highway Patrol told Eyewitness News that the passenger has life-threatening injuries while the driver's injuries are less serious.

    Investigators believe the car was traveling at a high rate of speed. One witness told highway patrol that the car swerved to miss a tire tread.

    Bystanders who pitched in to help are now hoping the two victims pull through.

    "It was just awe-inspiring. That's the only way to describe it for local Charlotte, Charlotteans being Charlotteans, helping each other out," said Stowe.

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