Lanes on Interstate 77 were shut down around Statesville after a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled fuel onto the median Wednesday night.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer broke an axel when it crashed on the north-bound side of the highway near Exit 50, at around 8:30 p.m.

Both sides of I-77 were shut down for hours while crews worked to clean up the fuel.  There is no word of serious injury yet.

Studies reveal that in 2010 alone, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes involving trucks.  When driving around thise large vehicles, it’s important to stay alert and try to stay visible to the drivers.  If you or a loved one is involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or otherwise, call the Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.