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Big rigs collide, block US 601 traffic for 3 hours

This accident scene involving two tractor-trailers forced public-safety workers to reroute traffic on U.S. 601 in Lugoff for about three hours Friday.
This accident scene involving two tractor-trailers forced public-safety workers to reroute traffic on U.S. 601 in Lugoff for about three hours Friday. Lugoff Fire Department

Two tractor-trailers collided in front of a truck stop on U.S. 601, sending two to the hospital and blocking northbound traffic for three hours Friday, according to the Lugoff Fire Department.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. in front of the Pilot Truck Stop near Interstate 20, the department said in a news release Saturday evening.

The driver of one of the trucks and a juvenile passenger were taken to Kershaw Health. The release did not identify them or describe the extent of their injuries.

Neither truck carried hazardous materials, but both northbound lanes were blocked for about three hours while one of the truck’s cargo of yarn was off-loaded by a wrecker company and the truck towed away. Traffic was routed through the Pilot parking lot by the S.C. Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

“This area on U.S. 601 is a major problem area for our community when it comes to crashes,” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray said in the release. “We have responded to five wrecks in this area just in the past three weeks alone, not counting the dozens in the past few years. The volume of traffic passing through this area meeting traffic crossing U.S. 601 is significant.

“Our department with be discussing this issue with the Highway Patrol and SCDOT in the days ahead to see what, if anything, can be done to alleviate the opportunity for crashes afforded in this area. We were very fortunate that this crash was not any more serious than what it was. Everyone traveling through this area needs to slow down significantly and look for crossing traffic as they pass by regardless of the time of day,”

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