FIRST ALERT: One lane is finally reopened on I-26 eastbound before the Nexton Parkway exit. All lanes had been shut down due to a fiery crash, involving 9 vehicles, that occurred around 5 o'clock this morning.
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Eastbound lanes of I-26 remain closed hours after a nine-vehicle crash near Nexton Parkway.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Nick Pye says there were nine cars involved in one collision, but only one person was transported to the hospital for their injuries. Pye has confirmed there were “no fatalities that [he was] aware of.”
Officials say a fire broke out after a crash at 5:03 a.m. Thursday. The crash was on I-26 East, and troopers say it was between Exit 194 toward Jedburg Road and a mile before the Nexton Parkway.
Pye says they will need to keep all eastbound lanes of I-26 closed in order to clean up the accident. Westbound lanes were slower than normal because of the crash.
The Dorchester County Fire Department, Berkeley County Fire Department, Pine Ridge Fire Department, and Berkeley County EMS responded to the scene, troopers say. There are at least four fire trucks on scene.
Westbound traffic is open and moving, but Pye says it is slow moving.
The is no word yet on how long it will take crews to clear the accident.
Motorists are asked to avoid the scene and take detours organized by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
The detour is organized to exit I-26 at Exit 194 and drive down either Highway 78 or Highway 176.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.