Fallen utility lines snarl traffic on Interstate 77

August 27, 2019 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police say fallen utility lines led to a long traffic jam on Interstate 77 in North Carolina.

Huntersville police told news outlets that the lines came down around 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday across the southbound lanes near mile marker 19 north of Charlotte. Traffic was backed up for miles to the Lake Norman area.

WSOC quotes the North Carolina Highway Patrol as saying a concrete truck backing up in a construction zone brought the lines down. The station also reported three cars were hit when the lines fell across the interstate.

At noon, Huntersville police tweeted that workers were removing the lines. The interstate was reopened at around 12:30 p.m.