Originally created 04/03/02

Wreck jams traffic



Traffic on U.S. Highway 25 near Trenton, S.C., was backed up for more than 2 1/2 hours late Tuesday after a tractor-trailer jackknifed, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Daniels, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Daniels said there were no injuries in the wreck, which occurred at 7 p.m. when Roderic J. Hearst, 31, of Lincolnton, lost control of his 18-wheeler and slammed into the left-side guard rail.

Lance Cpl. Daniels said Mr. Hearst, a driver for Wood Chip Transport in Lincolnton, was northbound. He said Mr. Hearst hit his brakes after he saw an ambulance top a hill in the southbound lane while flashing its lights.

He said the ambulance, which was responding to a call, missed colliding with the tractor-trailer and stopped to help Mr. Hearst.

Traffic was rerouted off the highway onto Windy Ridge Road until about 10 p.m. One lane was then opened on U.S. 25, the officer said.

Lance Cpl. Daniels said Mr. Hearst was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Reach Preston Sparks and Carly Phillips at (706) 724-0851.