8 vehicles involved in 3 wrecks on Interstate 20

Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:46 PM
Last updated Friday, June 28, 2013 1:00 AM
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Three wrecks involving eight vehicles kept both lanes of westbound Interstate 20 near the state line shut down for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.

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Driver Mong Doan, with 8-month-old Addition Dao, talks to Deputy Anthony Bennerman after being rear-ended.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Driver Mong Doan, with 8-month-old Addition Dao, talks to Deputy Anthony Bennerman after being rear-ended.


Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Ramone Lamkin said two wrecks happened simultaneously about 2 p.m. after two semitrucks traveling west on I-20 tried to steer away from two vehicles parked on the side of the interstate. One of the vehicles had broken down and another car had stopped to assist the motorist, Lamkin said.

Three people were hurt in the wrecks, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, Lamkin said.

Another wreck involving two vehicles happened on the eastbound side of I-20, where motorists were looking at the other crashes, Lamkin said.

Traffic took about an hour-and-a-half to clear and was detoured off Exit 5 in South Carolina, he said.

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KSL
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KSL 06/28/13 - 05:42 am
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Where were the wrecks?

Where were the wrecks? Important to know. The westbound stretch between Exit 1 and the bridge has a sight distance problem.

As an aside, be especially careful between Exit for Graniteville and Exit 22. There are many wrecks there due to a mixture of horizontal and vertical curves occurring simultaneously.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/28/13 - 05:49 am
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STOP RUBBERNECKING!!

Rubbernecking causes more multi-vehicle crashes on interstates than anything else. I remember when I was working EMS we got dispatched to a wreck at the state line west bound. It had been pouring down rain when we arrived and the dispatcher asked us to look over at the east bound side. There were multiple wrecked vehicles on the east side bridge caused by driver looking at the mutliple wrecked cars on the west bound bridge. This was late 1990's and I think 23 vehicles total were involved in crashes on both sides before it was cleared up. Some of you may recall that one. It took Aiken County EMS and Rural Metro working together to get all the injured to the hospitals. QUIT RUBBERNECKING !!

ForeverToThee
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ForeverToThee 06/28/13 - 09:24 am
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Misleading

This article is misleading. I was directly in front of the car that was hit and came within feet of being hit myself. This accident happened just before the off ramp to River Watch I-20 East bound. Traffic had slowed because people way ahead were rubbernecking, but you could not even see that there was another accident from where we were. The East bound accident happened because the other driver was going way too fast, failed to realize that traffic had stopped and slammed into these people.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 06/28/13 - 10:22 am
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Wrecks not Accidents
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People tailgate and wrecks happen. People think it is OK to just change lanes with out looking. They will drive into your lane because something is in their lane, people will do this on a two lane road comming straight at you. We need to have some up to date testing of drivers today, something like a flight simulator for autos. Just looking at many folks today, you can tell they can not make valid rational desisions. People age quickly and in SC we are not retested for agility, and only renew licenses but once every ten years. The original design of Interstates was for 90 mph on bias ply tires and drum brakes. With modern cars at even 70 mph, there is no reason for an accident.

Spudzee22
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Spudzee22 06/28/13 - 11:32 am
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Traffic was backed up beyon exit 5

at 3:30 pm. WGAC reported the accident occured at the Ga welcome center. 2+ hours later I made it up to exit 1. Traffic was still backed up beyond exit 5 at 6:45 PM according to a colleague. At 3:30 PM, NO "redirecting" of traffic was in effect at exit 6 or 5 NOR at 5:30 at exit 1. or I would have taken the alternative route.

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class1 06/28/13 - 01:26 pm
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Georgia and South Carolina needs to enforce

Georgia and South Carolina needs to enforce slower traffic keep left, and the left lane is for passing only. Some drivers get in the left lane and will not move over to the right lane.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 07/01/13 - 07:59 pm
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Slower lane?
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I hope "class1" just does not know right from left. But,class1 is probaly in the left lane right now, doing ten mph less than the limit. That is really not the problem as much a tailgateing, that leaves room only for a wreck.

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