Two people were pronounced dead at the scene of a helicopter crash off I-77 near Tyvola and Nations Ford Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Three other patients were transported to the hospital.
CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings commended the pilot’s efforts in diverting the helicopter away from traffic.
“That’s certainly a heroic act and probably saved lives,” he said.
The crash has shut down all of Interstate 77 near the Nations Ford exit, according to CMPD Tuesday afternoon.
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It will remain closed for an extended period of time, police say.
This story is developing.