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Wrecks close several county roads over the weekend


Gilbert, SC (Paul Kirby) – Several serious car crashes brought down power lines, injured cars' occupants, and blocked county roads over the weekend. Most were in the west region, although one on Sunday evening occurred just east of Swansea.

The first call of note was reported just before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The call came in as a wreck with possible entrapment on Broad Street near Fredonia Road, west of Gilbert near the town of Batesburg-Leesville.

Lexington County responded with equipment from Gilbert and Lexington. Batesburg / Leesville also had resources on the scene who were instrumental in helping with this emergency.

Just before 6:00 p.m. that same day, a car crashed into a power pole east of Gilbert on Walter Taylor Road, knocking down power lines and cutting electricity to homes in the area. Several Lexington County fire stations responded, as did law enforcement and personnel and equipment from Lexington County EMS. The utility company also responded, but it took some time to completely restore power to all the homes affected by the downed lines.

The road remained closed for some time as the injured occupant of the car was treated and the powerlines were moved from the road. Eventually, the scene was turned over to law enforcement and the remaining emergency equipment was cleared to return to quarters.

Within an hour, a tractor trailer overturned in the 5400 block of Fairview Road. This is not far from the I-20 / US 178 interchange.

This crash closed Fairview Road for quite some time as firefighters, law enforcement, and other emergency responders worked to clear the roadway of the tangled mess.

Just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday, callers reported an overturned vehicle on Pond Branch Road near A.C. Bouknight Road. This is just west of the 44 Truck Stop between Gilbert, Samaria, and Batesburg - Leesville.

Once again, a crew from Lexington County EMS responded, as did firefighters from Gilbert and other stations. This was cleaned up quickly and the scene was eventually turned over to troopers from the SC Highway Patrol.

Several other wrecks kept county crews jumping but none was extremely serious until Sunday. A vehicle hit a power pole on Redmond Mill Road near Swansea just before the beginning of the Super Bowl on Sunday evening.

In that case, the vehicle struck the pole, snapping it in half. The firefighters blocked the road and SCE&G was notified that the lines were down. EMS treated the patient and law enforcement arrived on the scene to help with the traffic that was detoured because of the downed power lines.

The utility company had to install a new pole before electricity could be restored in the area. It took some time to clear the mess and reopen the road that was closed because of the wreck.

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