CHARLOTTE - Seven people were taken to the hospital following a chain reaction crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 85 near the Statesville Road exit in north Charlotte.
The wreck brought the rush hour commute to a standstill for hours.
Witnesses say a car cut off a truck, forcing it to slam on its brakes, triggering a four vehicle pileup. One of the vehicles was crushed by a tractor-trailer.
As crews rushed to help the victims, a number of bystanders jumped in as well to help pull them from their crushed vehicles.
"An accident as bad as that? Why not try to help? If it were my family, I would want someone to try and help them," said LeeVictor Sommersell, who was on his way back to Gastonia after driving his wife to work.
"I was in the position to do something,” said Derek Lattmore, who also stopped to help. “I missed the accident and there's a reason for everything, I believe and I just went to help, that's all.”
Two of the victims were taken to CMC-Main with life threatening injuries.
Wednesday's crash happened along the same stretch of I-85 where a woman died in a fiery, multi-car crash last Friday. The Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer was involved and the driver did not slow down. The victim was later identified as 47-year-old Deborah Suggs from Aurora.
Troopers did not think drugs or alcohol were involved.