A single-vehicle tractor-trailer accident was reported in Richmond County on Monday, December 27, around 5:30 p.m. Deputies responded to the crash off Augusta Canal Bridge on Interstate 20 eastbound and found an 18-wheeler had fallen into the canal.
The tractor-trailer was approaching the South Carolina state line, traveling east when it veered off the road through the guardrail of the bridge. The truck overturned in water, whereas another vehicle near the truck was hit by the debris from the crash. The driver of the vehicle jumped out, according to Augusta Fire and EMA. The driver’s injuries are unknown at this time; he was rushed to the hospital.
Crews worked for hours to pull the 18-wheeler tractor-trailer out from the Augusta Canal. Traffic moved slowly due to this reason on early Monday. One eastbound lane on I-20 reopened around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Any possible structural damage to the bridge following the crash off Augusta Canal Bridge is now being analyzed by the staff members of the Georgia Department of Transportation at the scene of the incident.
The truck was hauling paint at the time of the accident, according to Richmond County dispatchers. EPD was called as a precaution whereas Augusta Fire and EMA’s hazmat team quickly responded to the scene.
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