A two-vehicle collision that took place shortly before 3 a.m. has Interstate 26 closed to eastbound traffic from mile marker 187 near Pringletown to mile marker 194 near Jedburg, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Authorities were mopping up gasoline that spilled from a tanker truck that overturned, Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said. The eastbound lanes were closed almost 12 hours before reopening around 2: 15 p.m.
The tractor-trailer and a car were both going east on the highway at 2:52 a.m. when the tractor-trailer struck the car in the rear, Wyant said.
Both vehicles went off the road, and the tractor-trailer overturned. Its tank was ruptured and gasoline began spilling out, Wyant said.
The driver of the tanker, 26-year-old William Wieters of North Charleston, was taken by EMS to Medical University Hospital, Wyant said. She did not have information about his condition but said she understood his injuries were not life-threatening.
Wieters was cited for driving too fast for conditions, she said.
The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Myrtle Beach woman, was not injured, Wyant said.
The interstate was closed to eastbound traffic at mile marker 187, the exit for S.C. Highway 27. Traffic was being rerouted to U.S. Highway 78 and then back onto the interstate at Jedburg Road.
Though no evacuations were ordered, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office urged residents of the Rudd Road area adjacent to the spill to remain inside their homes, Wyant said.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was on the scene, supervising the cleanup, Wyant said. A fire department hazardous materials team also was on the scene, she said.
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