Charlotte - The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed a portion of I-85 North near Exit 42 (US-29/NC-49) following a crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying cotton that caught fire around 5 a.m.
Slow downs are expected throughout the day as clean-up of the cotton could take some time. Lanes could open earlier depending on clean-up efforts.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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