I-20 traffic backed up for hours

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6:00, December 8, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- This cement truck headed west bound in the right lane of I-20, crossing the Augusta Canal. That's when the driver lost control of the truck and went up on the guard rail, then skidded down the guard rail for 200 feet. Deputies said the accident was caused by a blown tire.

"As you can see, the vehicle as it came down...the undercarriage was scraping along side of the guard rail here and the wheels were on the other side. You can tell by a lot of the damage here. That's were seeing and that's how were able to tell," Cpl. Russell Schaffer said.

The truck then came down and hit the concrete part of the embankment and then rolled over on its left side.

"At the posted speed limit, flat tire on a big truck like that being in close proximity to the guard rail. This is one of those things that can happen," Cpl. Schaffer said.

Both lanes on I-20 were shut down, while crews worked to get the interstate cleaned up. Traffic was backed up into South Carolina. Deputies said there were no other vehicles involved in the accident, and no one was injured.

"He's very lucky. I was quite surprised how well the guard rail held up," Cpl. Schaffer said.

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