COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — There is a substantial traffic jam on Interstate 95 southbound which has begun around mile marker 45 in Colleton County through Yemassee (including Exit 38), down to roughly the state line, according to the Yemassee Police Department.
Multiple accidents have been reported including one in the Town of Yemassee, a minor accident with no injuries that is off in the median at mile marker 38.
Authorities checked the SCHP Live CAD online and cannot see any active accidents on their screen, which leads us to believe the cause of the other delays may be accidents within the corporate limits of either Hardeeville or the Town of Ridgeland.
Yemassee Police received reports that people have placed their cars in park and have gotten out to see what is going on.
In attempts to get off I-95 to evade the backup, vehicular traffic has exited I-95 southbound at Exit 42 and are taking US Hwy 17ALT through Yemassee which has caused complete gridlock.
Yemassee officers are manually directing traffic at the intersection of Salkehatchie Road and US Hwy 17ALT.
Traffic continues to be slow down 17ALT to the Beaufort County line where it turns into Frampton Road and takes drivers back to Trask Pkwy and eventually to Point South. Jasper County Fire is also reportedly working a wreck on the overpass at Exit 28 (Coosawhatchie) which is rendering 462 inaccessible.
AN alternate route is Salkehatchie Road East across the railroad tracks into Beaufort County, Left onto Castle Hall Road, Left onto Old Sheldon Church Road, take that to the end. Left onto Hwy 17, then right onto Hwy 21 Trask Pkwy towards Beaufort. Eventually, in Beaufort, you can take SC-170 to head South of the Broad and into Georgia.
The Stoney Creek near Trask Pkwy & Stoney Creek Cemetery Road crested around 1:45 p.m. and there is some standing water in the roadway.