Separate accidents snarl Thanksgiving traffic on I-20 near state line

This was the scene of a car fire that broke out on eastbound Interstate 20 around noon on Thanksgiving Day, blocking a lane and snarling traffic.
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 12:37 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2022 at 4:58 PM EST
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Emergency crews diverted traffic on I-20 eastbound near the state line due to two separate accidents on Thanksgiving.

Richmond County dispatchers say the first accident happened at mile marker 201. The second occurred at mile marker 200.

Both accidents were called in around 4 p.m. All traffic was diverted from I-20 into Exit 200.

Earlier, a car fire around noon caused a massive traffic backup on eastbound Interstate 20 near the state line.

A car fire on Interstate 20 near the Martintown Road exit caused traffic problems around noon...
A car fire on Interstate 20 near the Martintown Road exit caused traffic problems around noon on Thanksgiving.(WRDW)

It happened right at the peak traffic time for the busy Thanksgiving holiday traffic period.

Flames were fully engulfing the sedan as firefighters arrived at the scene.

They soon had the fire out, but the traffic problems continued well into Georgia for about an hour and a half.

Noon Thursday was expected by authorities to be the peak traffic time for Thanksgiving, with holiday travel in Georgia and South Carolina predicted to meet or exceed pre-pandemic levels.