Crash closes all lanes of I-26 west in Charleston County
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. —
All lanes of Interstate 26 westbound, in the neck area of Charleston, were closed following a crash early Tuesday morning.
The Charleston Police Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol responded just after 12:00 a.m.
More emergency vehicles responded after the initial response, but some appeared to have trouble navigating through all the traffic.
Injuries were reported at the scene, according to Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch.
It's standard procedure for Highway Patrol to investigate crashes or incidents involving vehicles from law enforcement agencies.
Information regarding the types of vehicles involved and the extent of the injuries was not immediately available.
The crash happened near a construction zone. Crews have been doing overnight work on an overpass that will eventually connect Meeting Street to the interstate.
Leaders hope to eventually alleviate residential and commuter traffic with the completion of the new interchange and the Port Access Road. It will connect Interstate 26 to the Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston.
"The new fully directional interchange will also serve local and commercial vehicles with a Bainbridge Avenue connector road, an extension of Stromboli Avenue, associated improvements to local streets, and improved I-26/Meeting Street access ramps," according to S.C. Department of Transportation.
Part of the interchange project consists of bridge deck construction and ramps connecting to Meeting Street.
Leaders say a "series of dual I-26 lane closures in both directions will be necessary to place the framework, SIP forms, and concrete."