ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - I-26 westbound lanes near Orangeburg will remain closed until Saturday morning as crews demolish a bridge following a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler.
Authorities say the tractor trailer hit the bridge at Four Hole Swamp Road near mile maker 153.
According to SCDOT, the westbound lanes are expected to open at 9 a.m. on Saturday as crews are now in the process of dismantling a portion of the bridge.
SCDOT Deputy Secretary of Engineering Leland Colvin said eastbound lanes will then close at 7 p.m. on Saturday so crews can remove the remainder of the bridge.
Eastbound lanes are then expected to open Sunday morning. .
Photos from motorists showed the overturned tractor-trailer hit a column on the overpass.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has put a detour in place from exit 154 westbound.
Drivers are advised to take exit 154 onto US 301 to US 176, then US 176 back to I-26 westbound.
Motorists say traffic was backed up for miles Friday afternoon as crews worked the scene.
SCHP officials say the accident happened at 10:30 a.m. when an 18-wheeler went into the median and struck the bridge.
Colvin said the bridge was built in 1960.
The latest on scene video report is below: