Damaged bridge on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg

A support beam for Interstate 26 near Orangeburg was damaged during a fatal crash on Friday, March 9, 2018. Officials will close the bridge while repairs are made. SCDOT/Provided

A bridge on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg will be closed as crews work to repair damage caused during a fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer Friday morning.

The crash happened where I-26 crosses over U.S. Highway 301, which is also known as Five Chop Road, according to information provided on the S.C. Department of Transportation's Facebook page. 

After evaluating the damage, engineers plan to demolish the westbound side of the bridge Friday night and reopen it around 9 a.m. Saturday if weather permits, according to official statements on the page.

Crews may also close the eastbound side, demolish it around 7 p.m. Saturday and reopen the eastbound side around 9 a.m. Sunday if weather permits, the statements said.

Whether the second closure and demolition will occur has not yet been determined.  

Traffic is detoured off westbound I-26 where the bridge starts, according to the statements. No detours for the eastbound side were announced as of Friday night. 

The crash happened at 10:03 a.m. Friday and involved a single vehicle, the tractor-trailer, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, a S.C. Highway Patrol spokesman. 

The driver was headed eastbound on I-26 when the tractor-trailer ran into the median and struck a bridge column, Jones said. The crash remains under investigation.

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I-26 crash/bridge damage location

The location of a crash that damaged a bridge on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg on Friday, March 9, 2018. Provided

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