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I-26 Wreck

A tractor-trailer blew a front tire Friday morning on Interstate 26 in Orangeburg County.  The truck overturned, trapping the driver.

A tractor-trailer hauling wood products overturned on Interstate 26, bringing traffic to a standstill for nearly two hours on Friday morning, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell.

The single-vehicle accident occurred at 9:20 a.m.

The tractor-trailer was traveling east when a front tire on the tractor-trailer blew out, Tidwell said. The truck went into median, where it overturned.

The driver was trapped, but rescuers freed him after several moments with the assistance of several fire departments, Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley said.

A helicopter transported the driver to a Columbia-area hospital.

Tidwell said the driver’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Traffic in the westbound lanes of I-26 were blocked for nearly two hours between Exit 165 and mile marker 154, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

In addition, the eastbound flow of traffic between Exit 149 and mile marker 154 flowed at an average of 7 mph.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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