Semi wreck, blown transformer snarl Johns Island traffic

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Two incidents made for a difficult commute for Johns Island residents on Tuesday morning.

Traffic was blocked on all lanes of Maybank Highway after an 18-wheeler lost control and ended up in a ditch near Walter Road around 8 a.m., according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Major Jim Brady said the semi was pulling out from a business when the front of the cab sunk into soft dirt, causing the rig to become stuck in the roadway.  A heavy-duty wrecker was required to clear the road.

Earlier, traffic was rerouted in the area of Bohicket and Berryhill roads while crews worked to repair a blown transformer.

The blown transformer caused a few residents of the island to lose power.

The scene on Maybank Highway was cleared around 9 a.m., but traffic continued to crawl at a snail's pace for the following hour.

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