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Update: Traffic heavy on I-95 hours after collision reported near SC-Georgia border

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This story was updated at 3:30 p.m.

Traffic remained heavy for hours after an accident left drivers at a standstill on I-95 South Wednesday, according to traffic cameras along the highway.

A collision was reported at 11:09 a.m. roughly one mile from the Georgia-South Carolina border, according to South Carolina highway officials.

The crash involved three vehicles — a tractor-trailer, a Ford Expedition and a Honda Pilot, said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern, spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

There were no injuries, Southern said.

He said all southbound lanes initially were closed, but around 12:15 p.m., one lane of the interstate was reopened.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials reported traffic was also heavy in the northbound lanes for several miles on the Georgia side of the border.

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Traffic remained heavy in the area even after both lanes were cleared.

Just before 3:30 p.m., Google Maps showed congestion in the northbound lanes from the Georgia Welcome Center to U.S. 278 and in the southbound lanes from Ridgeland nearly to the state line.

Southern advised drivers through the area to leave enough distance between their vehicle and the vehicle they are following in case of the need to stop suddenly.

He said state law allows drivers involved in an accident to move their vehicles out of traffic when there are no injuries.

Second accident

A second accident was reported at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of I-95 in the Ridgeland area. That accident didn’t close any lanes but did slow down traffic, according to SC511.org.

Details about that accident were not immediately available. It was cleared about an hour later.

Holiday travelers and accidents backed up the section of I-95 from Ridgeland to the Georgia state line several times over the last week.

On Wednesday afternoon, drivers reported standstill traffic in the northbound lanes from the Georgia line to Ridgeland, and in southbound lanes from Yemassee to Pooler, Georgia. The traffic was due to a high volume of holiday travelers, the highway patrol said.

On Thursday afternoon, an accident near the U.S. 278 exit slowed drivers in the northbound lanes from the Georgia Welcome Center to Hardeeville and in the southbound lanes from Yemassee to the Georgia line.

This story will be updated.

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