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Traffic backs up on Interstate 77 near mile marker 50 on Tuesday.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says troopers are investigating a wreck on Interstate 77 South that shut down part of the road through Statesville Tuesday.

The crash happened around 12:20 p.m. near the East Broad Street exit and was cleared just before 2 p.m.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says the crash happened in the southbound lanes and the impact to traffic was expected to be high.

All southbound lanes were closed immediately after the crash, but one lane reopened shortly after, DOT says. The interstate shut down again and traffic was detoured through Statesville for about 45 minutes before eventually reopening.

The Statesville Fire Department was on the scene. The department was originally dispatched to respond to a crash involving multiple vehicles, including a long trailer, according to reports.

Iredell County ECOM's Facebook page said a car hauler rolled over. No injuries were reported.

ECOM also says the mile marker 50 crash was the second crash in the area. A crash at exit 49 A to Garner Bagnal Boulevard reportedly injured people around 11:30 a.m.

The Record & Landmark has reached out to the investigating trooper and will update this story if more information is available.

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