Saturday, April 27, 2013
As of about 2:20 p.m. Saturday all lanes of Interstate-26 eastbound reopened after officials cleared the scene of an accident involving spilled fuel from a tanker in Berkeley County. The driver of a tractor trailer tanker carrying gasoline was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina after the early morning accident. I-26 eastbound was closed near mile maker 191 after the tanker crashed into a 1999 Pontiac at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday morning, according to information released by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The interstate was closed at the 187 east exit. Traffic was rerouted to U.S.-78 and back to Jedburg Road. The S.C. Department of Transportation set up signs to help drivers. Both vehicles in the collision were traveling east on I-26 when the driver of the 2011 Volvo tractor trailer, William Wieters, 26, of North Charleston was traveling too fast for conditions and struck the rear of a Pontiac, causing both vehicles to exit the roadway to the right, according to SCHP Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant. The tractor trailer overturned, the tanker was punctured and gasoline spilled. The incident occurred in Berkeley County. A Hazmat cleanup crew contracted by trucking company is on scene along with members of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, according to Wyant. Check back with this website as more information becomes available.