Driver: 18-wheeler tire 'started coming apart' before vehicle overturned on I-526

The driver said the tire started coming apart just before the 18-wheeler flipped on its side. (Source: Live 5)
The driver said the tire started coming apart just before the 18-wheeler flipped on its side. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The driver of an 18-wheeler that overturned in West Ashley Monday morning said he blew a tire just before the vehicle flipped.

The incident was reported on the entrance ramp of I-526 at Highway 17. Dispatchers say the call came in at 5:18 a.m.

"It just happened so quick," driver Bill Guzman said. "It was in slow motion. It just laid over on its side when the load shifted."

He said the route is part of his regular routine that he makes three to four times per day and took the turn no differently than he always has.

"I was just following another truck and the tire started coming apart," he said. "Next thing you know, the load shifted when the tire went down."

The vehicle was out of the roadway and was not blocking lanes, but authorities said they will likely have to close the lanes of the onramp temporarily as they pull the vehicle upright.

The vehicle was carrying pine chips and was headed to the paper mill.

No major injuries were reported.

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