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Lanes reopen on I-95 after semi drives off overpass near SC-GA line. Driver hospitalized

South Carolina traffic collisions by the numbers

More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.
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More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.

A truck drove off an overpass on I-95 southbound near the South Carolina- Georgia state line and caused a massive traffic jam Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the City of Hardeeville.

All traffic was being rerouted for several hours, before highway lanes reopened around 8:30 a.m., according to S.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Matt Southern.

The accident happened at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday and all lanes were closed initially, according to a news release.

A semi truck went off the left side of the highway around exit one near the state line, Southern said. The truck dropped off the overpass, but Southern could not say definitively if the truck landed in the Savannah River.

The driver was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, he said.

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Traffic was at a standstill early Tuesday morning as southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down after a semi drove off the bridge over the Savannah River at the South Carolina/Georgia state line. Anthony Flacke Submitted

His injuries were “nothing that’s life-threatening,” Southern said.

Google Maps reported massive traffic backups even after lanes started to reopen throughout the morning rush hour.

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Traffic on I-95 southbound Tuesday morning after a semi truck went off an overpass near the state line, according to a news release from the City of Hardeeville Google Maps

Drivers reported seeing people stuck in the traffic jam parked on the highway and sitting on their hoods to watch the progress.

At 8 a.m., SCDOT tweeted about a hazardous material spill on the highway that had been cleared one mile north of the state line.

This story will be updated.

Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.

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