I-20 wrecks cause congestion

Traffic along I-20 was backed up for miles Friday, May 12 after an early morning wreck.

An 18-wheeler overturned at around 5:30.

That caused eastbound traffic to be completely blocked in the area of the Crane's Creek Road construction project.

Traffic was very slow because drivers were sharing the westbound lane.

It took over an hour for the eastbound lanes to re-open.

Earlier in the week, there was another wreck on I-20 that backed up traffic for miles.

It happened around 8 o'clock Sunday night on the eastbound side of I-20, just before the state line.

Two cars were involved and one overturned, sending a woman to the hospital.

So, what can you do when you're stuck in traffic after a wreck...especially in a construction zone?

News 12's Diane Cho spoke to the Department of Transportation to get the answer.

There's not much you can really do other than to avoid the area at all costs.

The Department of Transportation tells News 12 that if you spot any congestion, you should try to get around it by getting off at an earlier exit. Some drivers did that Friday, using Bobby Jones Expressway to get around.

Or try dialing *DOT to listen to updates on how long the congestion will last.

DOT says it's not likely the barrier can be moved because of accidents, because it's the only safe way to ensure traffic is moving in both directions under its current construction.

They remind us that there are signs posted everywhere to warn drivers to slow down, and it's the responsibility of the driver to obey the rules.

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