DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - State troopers were able to clear the right eastbound lane of I-26 near the Ridgeville Road exit hours after a trailer caught fire and later overturned in Dorchester County.
The scene was cleared just before 3 p.m., according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.
The incident began during the morning commute with a reported vehicle fire that closed the right lane of the interstate near mile marker 187.
One of the trailer's tires caught fire shortly after 8 a.m. and the driver pulled into the emergency lane, Southern said.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but Southern said the water used to put out the fire made the ground become unstable, causing the trailer to overturn.
The incident continued to back up traffic several miles for hours. All eastbound lanes were closed briefly as of approximately 2:20 p.m. as crews tried to get the tractor trailer uprighted, Southern said.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol advised motorists to expect heavy delays as live traffic speeds dropped to approximately 9 mph.
The vehicle was carrying skinless fatback, Southern said.