A serious crash brought traffic to a halt on Interstate 485 during rush hour Friday evening.

The accident happened on the innerloop of I-485 around 5:40 p.m. near the South Boulevard intersection.  Crews closed one of two lanes to work the scene.

One person was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, according to MEDIC.

Backups stretched for at least four miles past Johnston Road on the innerloop.

Crews were able to clear the scene and reopen the highway around 7:30 p.m.

Recent studies in Charlotte reveal the peak hour motor vehicle crashes occur is between 4 and 5 p.m.  Rush hour traffic brings on an entirely new set of risks as more vehicles are on the road and people hurry to get home.  If you are involved in a serious accident during rush hour or otherwise, Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.