Highway 80 wreck causes heavy traffic on Tybee, Wilmington Island


CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — Motorists experienced heavy traffic on Highway 80 as they made their way to Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Police Department said it received reports of a wreck on Bull River Bridge on the highway. The heavy traffic has also caused lanes to back up into neighboring Wilmington Island.

Photo provided by Leandra Speegle.

Traffic was backed up from the Bull River Bridge all the way to Turner Creek Bridge on Whitemarsh Island. Some people sat in traffic in excess of two hours while trying to make their way out to Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Police Department is warning motorists to remain patient and drive carefully as they hit the road.

Jesseca Andorn, Owner of Rita’s Italian Ice less than a mile from where the accident took place, says traffic backs up nearly every weekend, accident or not.

“We see it every day, and the best thing that I can always say to all my customers, be down here before nine am, anything past 10 o’clock on the weekends, you’re going to be sitting in traffic,” said Andorn.

Motorists, however, kept their spirits high during their detour on Memorial Day Weekend. Many of whom passed the time by listening to music, chatting with nearby travelers and playing rock, paper, scissors with neighboring vehicles.

“We’re trying to get to the crab shack for lunch, but it might be dinner by the time we get there,” said one passing motorist.

“It’s our family vacation, we in here from macon, trying to go to the beach, but we can’t we stuck, but we’re going to make it a good time anyway baby,” proclaimed another traveler. “As long as i got my family man we’ll be alright,” he added.

No injuries were reported from the accident, which took nearly three hours for local fire crews to completely clean up.

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