One lane of I-20 west flowing but expect delays on all interstates in the area of Sunset Blvd. for s
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) One lane of I-20 west is now flowing near the Sunset Boulevard interchange according to the SCHP. Lance Corporal David Jones, the CRO for the Midland’s Troop One, said that the SCDOT has a work crew on the scene of the fatal wreck on I-20 near the 61 mile-marker west. Jones said although the one lane is moving, traffic is backed up in all directions on I-20, I-26, and all feeder roads to that area. Irmo Police Department has even reported heavier traffic through their area as people try to detour around the scene of the fiery crash that happened around 11:00 a.m.
At 11:10 a.m., Lexington County began receiving calls about a wreck on I-20 at the 61 mile-marker. When the first fire units arrived, they reported that they had as many as seven vehicles involved in the accident. One of those was a tractor trailer truck. At least one of the vehicles was burning and witnesses said that other motorists who stopped frantically tried to open the door of an SUV and get the person trapped inside out while flames began to consume the car. Their attempts failed and that person died at the scene.
As Lexington County Battalion Chief Brad Amick arrived and took command of the scene, he reported that another vehicle was burning and there was at least one victim of the crash trapped in the wreckage. He began to direct the rescue attempts and the firefighters who were putting out the fires. He was joined by other supervisory personnel and first responders including at least two EMS units from Lexington County and firefighters and equipment from the Irmo Fire District. Eventually, all the fires were extinguished and the trapped person in the unburned car was extricated from the pileup.
A witness to the carnage said that it appeared as if the SUV that burned was facing the wrong direction on the interstate as if it has hit some other vehicle and spun around backward. That witness said that a long line of vehicles was involved. He said it looked like some of the cars had stopped in the construction area and then were struck in the rear by one of the other cars. That started a chain reaction that ended up with so many vehicles involved.
Lance Corporal Jones said about 5 p.m. that the SCDOT has indicated that it might take as long as four more hours to repair damage to the road and get all lanes of I-20 back open. He suggested that any detour would be better than trying to proceed through that area of I-20 or Malfunction Junction (I-20 & I-26) any time in the foreseeable future.