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The I-85 South death is under investigation, causing major traffic disruptions

The NC State Highway Patrol was investigating a fatality on I-85 south of Gaston County that caused major traffic congestion near Exit 20.

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A portion of Interstate 85 south in Gaston County was closed Monday and traffic was backed up as police investigated a death.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident that occurred around 10:50 a.m. near Exit 20 to NC 279, Observer news partner WSOC reported. The road was expected to reopen around 3 p.m

The North Carolina Department of Transportation suggested southbound motorists take Exit 21 to Cox Road, then turn left onto Cox Road and then right onto US 29/US 74 to I-85 South.

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Gaston County Emergency Medical Services confirmed one person is dead, the report said.

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Jeff A. Chamer is a breaking news reporter for the Charlotte Observer. He has lived in a few places, but mainly in Michigan, where he grew up. Before joining the Observer, Jeff covered K-12 and higher education at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts.