NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Several accidents forced drivers to undergo more than an hour-long drive on I-26 from Summerville to downtown Charleston Tuesday morning.
Drive times from Summerville eastbound to downtown Charleston were as high as 82 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday. At 8:35 a.m., the drive time dropped down to 25 minutes.
The right, eastbound lane near Mall Drive was closed as Highway Patrol troopers responded to a crash there around 4 a.m. The accident was fatal, according to Highway Patrol.
Some motorists navigated through an 8-mile backup after a crash near the Ashley Phosphate Avenue exit around 7:20 a.m. The crash has since been cleared.
Speeds were still slow near the University Boulevard exit for some time after a crash was cleared there.
An accident near Aviation Avenue also slowed speeds Tuesday morning, but no lanes were closed.