Inner loop of I-485 reopens after tractor-trailer carrying mobile home crashes

CHARLOTTE — Four people were hurt after a mobile home fell onto Interstate 485, shutting down one direction of the interstate in west Charlotte Thursday morning.

Charlotte Fire said the crash happened on the inner loop of I-485 just before Moores Chapel Road. They said it involved a tractor-trailer carrying a mobile home.

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Chopper 9 Skyzoom was overhead the crash just before 11 a.m. and could see miles of traffic backed up behind the mobile home. First responders were on the highway working to clear the scene.

The house was splintered and cars could be seen underneath it.

Firefighters told drivers in the area to expect significant delays and take alternate routes.

Mecklenburg EMS said four people were hurt but said they didn’t have serious injuries.

The company that built the home, Clayton Homes, shared a statement with Channel 9 about the incident.

“A Clayton transportation truck carrying a manufactured home was involved in an accident on I-485 near Charlotte, N.C.,” it reads. “We understand no Clayton team members were injured in the accident. Safety is our company’s top priority, and we are working closely with local authorities to learn more.”

Channel 9′s Joe Bruno spoke with one driver who watched the crash happen right in front of her.

“There was a tractor-trailer carrying a mobile home, a single-wide trailer, and he got in front of another transfer truck and kind of clipped them off,” Laura Butler said.

The two trucks went over the median.

Eliana Hounslow and her brother drove by the wreck and pulled up to an overpass to get a better view.

“Just for the whole thing to come across into four lanes of traffic on the other side, that’s crazy,” she said.

It’s certainly unusual to see a house in the middle of the street. Bobby Thompson lives next door to the highway.

“Very surprised to see a house sitting in the middle of I-485,” he said.

He’s thankful no one died, and his thoughts are with whomever the home belonged to.

“Certainly a bad day for somebody,” Thompson said.

In order to clear the scene, crews brought in another flat bed truck to lift the house out. The interstate reopened around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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