Repairs completed following Saturday morning's crash and fire
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has reopened the second westbound lane on I-26 near mile marker 17 in Spartanburg County. Both lanes are now open. The second lane was reopened shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015.
"In the wake of this horrific crash on I-26 in Spartanburg County, I would like to recognize the dedication of the team working around the clock and doing whatever it took to reopen the interstate as soon as possible with permanent repairs," said SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering Christy Hall. "Our hearts go out to the families of those lost in this terrible tragedy."
"SCDOT would like to thank the motoring public for its patience with the lane closures and detour," Hall said. "SCDOT crews worked over 36 hours straight to reopen I-26 once the site was turned over to our crews by DHEC."
Hall thanked the team made up of SCDOT crews, Ashmore Bros, Sloan, Bagwell, PSI, BC Cannon, the SC Highway Patrol, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the emergency responders.
This location was the scene of a crash on Saturday morning at about 8 a.m. involving two vehicles and a tanker truck loaded with gas and diesel fuel that overturned. The tanker caught fire causing extensive damage to both lanes of I-26 westbound. Those lanes were closed and a detour quickly established.
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