MAJOR PALMETTO TRANSPORTATION ARTERIES SHUT DOWN BY CRASHES
A pair of wrecks in Charleston and Columbia this week caused major disruptions in traffic – although thankfully no lives appear to have been lost in either accident.
The first accident took place Tuesday on the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge – which carries U.S. Highway 17 over the Cooper River between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, S.C. What happened? A woman attempting to change lanes slammed into a tanker truck on the bridge around 11:00 a.m. EDT – causing a nine-hour shutdown of the landmark structure.
Meanwhile early Wednesday morning just outside of Columbia, S.C., another tractor trailer carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel was involved in a ten-car pileup on a heavily-trafficked Interstate at around 5:30 a.m. EDT.
That wreck – which occurred in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 a few miles northwest of the state capital – shut down one of the state’s busiest transportation arteries for several hours. Fire from the wreck was so intense it spilled over into the westbound lanes – badly damaging the roadway.
Seven hours after the crash, the westbound lanes were finally reopened – although the eastbound lanes remained closed.
The cause of that accident remains under investigation …