The driver of an overturned tractor trailer that crashed down an embankment on I-85 NB Thursday had to have his leg amputated, authorities said.
The driver, Jackson Kithuva Musyoka, 44, was pulled from the vehicle by emergency crews after being severely pinned for nearly four hours.
Belmont Fire had as many as 75 rescuers from 12 agencies help extract Musyoka from the truck.
According to the accident report, a witness said the tractor trailer weaved left and right, then ran off on the right side. The truck struck the guard rail, went over the guard rail, overturned down the embankment, and came to rest after colliding with a tree.
Musyoka was severely pinned and sustained life-threatening injuries.
Emergency crews worked for hours Thursday to get Musyoka out of the tractor trailer using tow trucks to keep the vehicle from sliding down the embankment.
Emergency crews were able to get Musyoka out of the vehicle by cutting out the bottom of the truck that was facing uphill. He was then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center.
Crews went back to the scene late Thursday night to remove the tractor trailer from the scene.
Earlier in the afternoon it was reported to be a 12-mile backup after police shut down the northbound lanes between exits 26 and 27 due to the crash.
Traffic slowly starting to move again along I-85. Some stuck for more than 3 hours pic.twitter.com/815D5Dzp5b— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) August 25, 2016
CFD assisting BelmontFD and with decontamination; FF working in poison oak to free pinned driver; pic.twitter.com/wx6ZB0R545— Charlotte Fire Dept (@CharlotteFD) August 25, 2016