I-85 Reopens After Dump Truck Accident - WSPA.com

I-85 Re-Opens After Dump Truck Accident

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All lanes of Interstate 85 have reopened after a collision between an 18-wheeler and dump truck shut down the interstate late Monday afternoon.

The wreck happened at 2:15 p.m. at the 35 mile marker in Anderson County.

Trooper Billy Elder of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the driver of the 18-wheeler, 59-year-old Joe Earle, of Belton, was entering the interstate from an off-ramp when he failed yo yield the right of way and was struck by a dump truck. The dump truck overturned and spilled asphalt and gravel across the north and southbound lanes.

The interstate was shut down for a short period of time and traffic backed up for several miles as crews cleaned up the debris from the wreckage.

According to Elder, the driver of the dump truck, 39-year-old Samuel Cantrell, of Travelers Rest, was wearing a seatbelt and transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. Earle was wearing a seatbelt and not injured. He was cited with failure to yield the right of way. 

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