LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation crews are making repairs to the section of I-26 that was severely damaged by a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning.
The crash happened just before 6 a.m. in the eastbound lanes between Piney Grove Road and St. Andrews Road. The crash required closing both eastbound and westbound lanes for several hours.
Eight cars, a tractor trailer, and a gasoline tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel were involved in the accident between exit 104 and 106. Gasoline spilled from the tanker onto I-26 and caught fire.
Trooper David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said four people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.
Fire officials and South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers immediately swarmed the scene to gain control of the blaze and shut down the interstate. The intense heat from the fire caused severe damage to the median barrier wall and several sections of pavement. SCDOT crews are currently involved in removing burned trees on the shoulder, debris on the roadway and making pavement repairs.
Other damages will be repaired in the coming weeks:
- 860 feet of barrier wall scorched and damaged by heat.
- 420 feet of chain link fence burned/melted.
- 7650 square yards of asphalt roadway – moderate damage & exposed to unleaded fuel.
- Inspection of the storm drainage pipe is still underway.
SCDOT are urging all motorists to drive with caution in this section of I-26 and maintain posted speed limits as repairs are made.
Details surrounding how the crash occurred remain under investigation.