Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington Police Department is reporting that an intoxicated driver has started the Wednesday commute off wrong by causing damages to the signals at a major intersection in the area. According to their Twitter page, the police tweeted at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday that the driver crashed at the intersection of West Main Street and Gibson Road damaging several poles and some utility lines at that point. They are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.
This intersection catches most of the commuters that are heading into town and Columbia from the Gilbert and the Batesburg-Leesville areas off Augusta Hwy. It also catches those trying to head the same direction from the western shores of Lake Murray, the Twin Bridges area, and Hollow Creek on Hwy. 378. Any disruption at the intersection could cause another traffic nightmare like the one scene yesterday on I-20.
Some detour routes are available. The Gilbert and Batesburg-Leesville drivers could cut across to Pond Branch or Two Notch Roads to access the interstate or to by-pass Lexington. The Hwy. 378 drivers could go around Old Cherokee; however, this is already a very congested route. We will update you when the intersection is back to normal.