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Concrete slab crushes pick-up truck

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - A major wreck that caused an 80,000-pound concrete slab to crush a pick-up truck closed I-85 for five hours on Tuesday afternoon, officials say.

The wreck happened just before noon on Thursday and involved several vehicles, including three tractor trailers and a pick-up truck.

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The Highway Patrol told WBTV that three men in the pick-up truck were injured, one seriously. A crane from a nearby road construction project was brought in to move the concrete slab out of the roadway.

A concrete slab was seen hanging off the back of one of the flatbed trucks, which crushed the pickup truck.

At least one other tractor trailer appears to have run into the back of the flatbed truck that had a Bobcat on the rear portion.

That flatbed truck then lost the concrete slab -- which slid onto a pick-up truck.

The driver of the pickup was trapped for two hours before he was freed. The two passengers were pulled from the truck relatively quickly.

By 1:15 pm, two patients were taken from the scene by an ambulance and another was loaded into a Med Center Air helicopter.

The airlifted patient -- the driver of the truck -- was in critical condition and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main. The other two men were taken to CMC-Northeast with non-life-threatening injuries.

Crews opened one northbound around 2:30 p.m. to clear the vehicles caught between the last off-ramp and the wreck. 

They then closed the interstate between exits 49 - 52 while crews worked to clear the debris. 

By 5 p.m., the North Carolina Department of Transportation said all lanes were back open.

Incident Management Patrol was assisting local law enforcement and the State Highway Patrol with detouring traffic at Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49).

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