Rubber neckers caused I-526 accident

By Nicole Johnson  bio | email | twitter

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police say a morning rush hour accident on I-526 blocked traffic for two hours.

Spokesman Spencer Pryor says there was a three car accident that took place in the eastbound lanes of the Mark Clark at the Don Holt Bridge, and it stopped all eastbound traffic.  He says the driver of an 18 wheeler was travelling in the outside westbound lane of the Mark Clark at Don Holt.

"Drivers in front of the 18 wheeler were rubber necking and as the driver of the 18 wheeler approached he was forced to slam on brakes to avoid rear ending several vehicles.  As a result, the 18 wheeler hit the wall of the bridge and then skidded back across the lanes and hit the median," Pryor said.

Pryor says the truck driver was thrown from the cab of the vehicle and landed in the outside "eastbound" lane.  Officers say the traffic being stopped in the eastbound lanes saved the truck driver's life. The driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries, and no charges will be filed against the truck driver.

Hundreds of motorists were late to work as they waited for the accident to clear.

"They let us turn around on 526 and exit down the on ramp at Clements Ferry. Came via Mt Pleasant/Ravenel Bridge to Hanahan. All in all, took 2 1/2 hrs to get to Hanahan," Nina Jones said.

"Unfortunately there's no wireless internet on I-526, so I did crosswords on my iPod and ate an english muffin while I waited. I was two hour late to work," Christina Orso said.

"This was not my first time being delayed by accidents on 526 causing similar standstill traffic delays. I have never seen anything like this in any other part of the country. Yes, there are traffic accidents that cause traffic delays, but I have never been completely immobilized for anywhere close to what I have experienced here in Charleston," Spicer Galin said.

The Department of Transportation responded to the scene and sanded down the fuel that spilled from the 18 wheeler.

Traffic was shut down in both directions for about 2 hours.

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