The cause of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 485 that occurred last Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, is still under investigation at this time. However, authorities confirm that six people required transportation to a nearby trauma center for serious injuries. Two of them had sustained injuries that were life-threatening.

Initial responders included state and local law enforcement along with the Charlotte Fire Department. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities discovered that the collision involved an SUV and a four-door sedan. Occupants remained trapped within the latter vehicle, which was also on fire. A request for heavy rescue assistance went out to a nearby local fire department even as firefighters immediately set to work dousing the flames.

The Jaws of Life and other hydraulic rescue tools were necessary to gain access to the occupants of the sedan after firefighters succeeded in extinguishing the fire. The rescue required removal of the sedan’s roof and doors. An investigation of the accident shut down all lanes of the interstate for three hours thereafter.

The current condition of the injured parties is not known at this time. It is also unclear whether all of those injured had been occupants of the sedan or how many occupants each of the two vehicles contained at the time of the collision.

As authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash, they have released no information as to where fault for the accident may lie. Nevertheless, those injured in a collision with another vehicle may wish to contact an attorney.