Originally created 09/04/01

Accidents pile up on holiday weekend



Wet weather and holiday traffic caused wrecks and slowdowns Monday on local highways.

Rain contributed to a rash of accidents at 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 20 near North Augusta. Twelve accidents occurred on a four-mile stretch of the highway's westbound lanes, said Lance Cpl. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accidents, which involved a total of 29 cars, slowed traffic for more than two hours, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

"It was raining heavily at the time, and for some reason traffic was slowing down going across the state line into Georgia," he said.

Most of the accidents were rear-end collisions or involved cars that slid off the road, Lance Cpl. Hughes said. Eight people were transported to local hospitals, although none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, he said.

Through Sunday, traffic accidents had claimed the lives of nine people in South Carolina, according to the state Highway Patrol.

The Thomson post of the Georgia Highway Patrol, which covers Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Warren and Glascock counties, reported no wrecks as of 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Reach Brandon Haddock at (706) 823-3409 or bhaddock@augustachronicle.com.