Massive crash involving RV brings traffic to a halt in Columbia, officials say

A crash involving a RV blocked traffic on I-20 Sunday.
A crash involving a RV blocked traffic on I-20 Sunday. Submitted

Traffic on a major highway running through the Midlands was stopped Sunday night after an RV was involved in a multi-vehicle crash.

All lanes of traffic were blocked on the westbound lanes of I-20 following the collision, according to a tweet from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m., near Exit 63, the Bush River Road exit, SCDOT reported on Twitter.

The collision also caused traffic to be backed up in the eastbound lanes of I-26, SCDOT tweeted. That area is commonly referred to as “Malfunction Junction.”

One lane opened on I-20 after 10 p.m., and the other two lanes were finally reopened just after midnight, according to the SCDOT.

An eyewitness told The State that the RV “flipped multiple times and landed sprawled across the interstate.” The person also reported that the RV collided with a small car.

Forty gallons of diesel fuel spilled, according to a tweet from the Irmo Fire District, which said none of it reached the nearby Saluda River.

The RV driver was taken to an area hospital with “minor injuries,” according to the fire district’s tweet.

There is no word on what caused the crash, the number of vehicles involved or if any other injuries have been reported.

A detour has been announced by the S.C. Highway Patrol, urging drivers to take “I-20 to I-26 eastbound to US-378, where they will turn right onto US-378 to ... re-enter westbound lanes of I-20,” according to a tweet.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.