A fatal tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 26 shut down westbound traffic on Friday.
A tractor-trailer traveling east on I-26 struck a bridge piling on the westbound lane near mile marker 153 at Four Holes Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident occurred about 10:03 a.m.
The crash caused all westbound lanes on I-26 to be closed.
"We have a tractor-trailer that was traveling eastbound and went across the median and struck the bridge," SCHP Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said around 2 p.m.
Westbound traffic was shut down and rerouted on Friday. Eastbound traffic was open but moving slowly, Jones said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer has been identified as Travis Hall, 46, of Sand Dam Road, Wagener, Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said. Hall died at the scene.
There were no other vehicles involved.
Jones said the tractor-trailer was carrying gravel, which spilled mostly on the highway's median.
The accident is under investigation.
Westbound traffic was detoured around the bridge.
The detour takes motorists to Exit 154 onto U.S. 301. From there, motorists are being diverted on to U.S. 176, which they take to I-26.
The bridge that was damaged is on Four Holes Road.
Four Holes Road at the bridge is also shut down indefinitely, Jones said.
The S.C. Department of Transportation planned to remove the bridge Friday night.
SCDOT District 7 Construction Engineer Jim Porth said, "We are mobilizing and entering into an emergency contract with United Infrastructure, who is one of our contractors who has done this type of work before."
The bridge is considered too unsafe to shore up.
Traffic is detoured off I-26 west at mile marker 154 (U.S. 301) due to fatal accident which has damaged a bridge over the interstate. SCDOT District 7 Engineering Administrator Kevin Gantt explains the traffic situation. https://t.co/aVZVq04QSp— SCDOT (@SCDOTPress) March 9, 2018
"Crews are en route, and we are going to demolish the bridge overnight," Porth said.
SCDOT officials have determined it’s safe to pass under the portion of the bridge over the eastbound lanes. They believe the westbound lanes will reopen to traffic by sunset Saturday, Porth said.
As for Four Holes Road, Porth says the bridge will eventually be replaced. When that will occur is uncertain at this time.
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The bridge was built around 1960. About 450 cars travel over the bridge on Four Holes Road every day, Porth said.
Jones said individuals can keep up with traffic reports by going to the South Carolina Department of Transportation website and by dialing 511.