One dead in 3-vehicle crash on I-85 near Concord Mills

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A female passenger died Saturday in a three-car wreck on Interstate 85 near Concord Mills, medics say.

The crash happened about 11:45 a.m. near Bruton Smith Boulevard.

Officials closed the right three lanes near Exit 48. All but one lane reopened by 2 p.m.

Troopers said the far right two lanes were backed up as people were making their way to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A Greensboro man was traveling north in a gray Dodge pickup truck. Troopers said he looked over his shoulder to see if he could merge, but when he looked up at traffic, it was at a standstill and he couldn't stop in time.

The man collided with a car which then crashed into another car.

The backseat passenger in the middle vehicle died on impact, responders said.

The driver of the Dodge was charged with failure to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.