Multiple crashes cause major delays on I-95 in Hardeeville area


photos: Hardeeville Fire Department

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WSAV) – A series of crashes on Interstate 95 caused major delays in the Hardeeville area Thursday night.

The Hardeeville Fire Department tells WSAV News 3 crews responded to seven crashes in total. No serious injuries were reported, according to the department’s assistant chief, Joey Rowell.

He said just north of Hardeeville city limits, another crash occurred due to a police pursuit.

Traffic delays started just after 3 p.m. and continued for several hours. Rowell said the Hardeeville wrecks appeared to start shortly after rainfall and traffic congestion most likely caused the others.

Multiple collisions occurred north and southbound on the interstate between Exits 5 and 8, according to the city.

Photos from Hardeeville Fire show one crash involving a pickup truck flipped over on its side. Another crash appeared to involve a car and at least one tractor-trailer.

Around 5 p.m., officials released a statement urging drivers to use caution and patience while traveling in Hardeeville. According to the city, drivers were getting off of the interstate and heading into Hardeeville to avoid the heavy traffic, which resulted in congestion and backups.

By 8 p.m., I-95 northbound traffic appeared to be flowing smoothly, though southbound lanes remain congested between Hardeeville and Ridgeland.

Rowell said traffic should be returning to normal.

This wasn’t the only delay on I-95 Thursday. Five vehicles were involved in a crash on the interstate near Pooler around 4 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

No serious injuries were reported in that incident.

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