I-26 is experiencing a traffic snarl on the westbound side near the Harbison exit north of Columbia. One lane is blocked and traffic is backing up at the accident scene. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene. If you’re in the area, consider checking traffic reports for this stretch of the interstate.
Heavy traffic conditions
A crash in Haywood County has caused heavy traffic conditions on Interstate 26. The TDOT said a multiple-vehicle accident has closed one lane of westbound I-26. The accident is at mile marker 11, and as of 8 p.m. traffic was backed up to Exit 13 in Gray.
Sky 4 reported that a plane flew over the scene at 12:30 p.m., but it was unclear whether the pilot of the plane saw the crash. However, he noted that he had seen a tractor-trailer lying across both lanes of travel. The contents of the truck were also thrown onto the interstate. Traffic was diverted to exit 85, but motorists in the area were warned to expect heavy traffic in both directions.
An early morning accident on I-26 near Columbia, SC, caused more than eight thousand gallons of fuel to spill, forcing both lanes of traffic to be closed for several hours. The highway department is still investigating the cause of the accident. This accident also involved a tractor trailer and a pickup truck.
Police are investigating the cause of a fatal accident on Interstate 26. Around 3:32 a.m., police responded to a crash near the Carroll Creek Road overpass on Interstate 26. An accident reconstruction team is examining the circumstances surrounding the crash. The driver of the vehicle, a 2017 Toyota SUV, was killed. The driver was wearing a seatbelt.
Construction activity on I-26 has begun. Drivers can expect nighttime and weekend closures for work related to pavement markings. In addition, construction activity will involve installing barrier walls and clearing and grubbing. Drivers should exercise caution while traveling through the project area due to increased traffic volume and heavy equipment entering the highway.
In the next few years, construction activity on I-26 will expand to eight lanes in some areas. When completed, the new lanes will be able to handle increased traffic volume. This will help to relieve congestion on the highway. The project will cost $534 million. Once complete, it will cover more than 18 miles and increase its capacity from four lanes to eight lanes.
The next phase of the Carolina Crossroads project includes lane closures for paving the highway. This will require overnight and morning lane closures. In addition, the project will involve the installation of barrier walls, grubbing and clearing work. As a result, drivers should drive cautiously through the project area. They should also be aware of increased traffic and the possibility of large construction trucks entering the highway.
Lane closures on I-26 will be in effect this week. The first is an overpass near mile marker 177 in Dorchester County. Eastbound traffic will be detoured for the night and there will be shoulder closures.
Alcohol a contributing factor
Alcohol is a significant contributor to death in the United States, and the number of alcohol-related deaths continues to increase. The number of alcohol-related deaths has increased from 78 927 in 1999 to 99 017 in 2020, a rise of 25 percent. Overall, alcohol-related deaths have increased faster than all causes of death.
There are a number of ways to reduce alcohol use, including increasing taxes on alcohol. One effective method is to restrict alcohol availability and advertising. These efforts are backed by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The American Society for Preventive Medicine estimates that alcohol consumption leads to increased risk of liver cancer, chronic hepatitis, and cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing a second primary cancer. A meta-analysis of 19 studies showed that people with upper aerodigestive tract cancers who consume alcohol had an increased risk of developing the disease again.