The northbound lanes of I-85 in Gaston County, North Carolina, have been closed after a semi truck overturned and fell down an embankment this afternoon.

The crash happened at Exit 27 around 1:30 p.m.

Police say that a truck for some reason left the highway, crashed into a guardrail, and fell down an embankment, overturning and landing on its side.

The truck driver is reportedly trapped inside. His condition is unknown.

A medical helicopter is on standby.

The North Carolina DOT says that northbound I-85 may not reopen until 5:30 p.m. The crash has caused miles-long traffic backups.

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