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Southbound Lanes of I-85 Reopen After Spill

Asheville - All but one southbound lane of Interstate 85 near the Little Rock Road exit re-opened by 6 a.m. after N.C Department of Transportation and other crews cleaned up a hazardous material spill.

On Monday evening, a truck hauling 1,000 gallons of asphalt sealant on a trailer spilled its cargo during a crash involving three vehicles.

Various emergency response teams including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Charlotte Fire Department and North Carolina Incident Management Assistance Patrol responded to the incident to assist with various duties including cleanup and traffic control.

Motorists were directed to a detour that guided them off I-85, onto the I-485 Inner Loop and then back to I-85 South.

The far left lane opened Tuesday at 3:34 a.m. after cleanup crews, including and independent contractor, used sand and other absorbent material to soak up the sealant which is considered highly flammable. All but one lane re-opened in time for the daily morning commute.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM