Tractor-trailer crashes into creek; forces Hazmat situation in Colleton County

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Tractor-trailer crashes into creek; forces Hazmat situation in Colleton County4_484763

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A chemical trailer accident on Interstate 95 Tuesday morning caused a hazmat situation in Colleton County.

A tractor-trailer carrying a chemical trailer left the roadway and crashed into a creek on I-95 southbound near the 56-mile marker at about 2:44 a.m. on January 30.

The truck struck the guardrail and bridge before going down the embankment and jackknifing against a bridge pillar, according to Colleton County Fire-Rescue.

The insulated trailer struck several trees causing damage to the trailer. Both diesel tanks were breached spilling a large amount of diesel fuel on the highway and in the creek.

The injured truck driver was able to get out himself. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries.

Medics transported him to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

Traffic on I-95 in the area of the accident was down to one lane while emergency responders worked the scene. They cleared up after six hours. A private HazMat clean-up crew and recovery units were on the scene throughout the day with the lane remaining closed.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.

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