All eastbound lanes reopen on I-26 after crash involving 18-wheeler

Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 9:16 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Two remaining eastbound lanes of I-26 that had been closed for two and a half hours reopened after crews cleared a serious crash involving an 18-wheeler.

As of 8:55 a.m., the commute time from Summerville to the downtown Charleston area dropped slightly to 108 minutes, down from 117 reported a half-hour earlier.

SCDOT traffic cameras showed multiple vehicles that appeared to be involved in the crash, including one vehicle off the right shoulder of the interstate in a wooded area.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash was reported at 6:31 a.m. near mile marker 211, at Aviation Avenue.

All lanes were blocked for nearly a half-hour, but the far left lane reopened to traffic just after 7 a.m. But even with one lane reopened, there was a backup of more than 7 miles behind the crash.

A second eastbound lane reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m.

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The North Charleston Fire Department said it responded to help extricate someone from one of the damaged vehicles.

Investigators have not yet released details on the crash.

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