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I-77 traffic in Columbia moving normally after tractor-trailer fire slows drivers for hours

At one point all southbound lanes were slowed toward I-26/Charleston at Twelfth Street/Saxe Gotha/Cayce.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Traffic is moving normally again along I-77 South in Columbia after a tractor-trailer fire blocked lanes for hours Monday. 

The incident started around 12:18 p.m. Monday afternoon near Mile Marker 2, the Twelfth Street/Saxe Gotha/Cayce exit. Video from the scene showed the trailer behind a big rig completed engulfed in flames. 

About two hours later, nothing but charred remains were left.  South Carolina Department of Transportation cameras monitoring interstate traffic showed heavy equipment at the scene pulling apart what was left of the tractor trailer as firefighters stood by with their equipment.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the crash is not yet known. 

While one lane reopened after the fire was put out, the other lanes remain closed. Traffic was backed up for almost five miles as a result. 

By 6:15 p.m., two lanes reopened, and by 7 p.m. all lanes were reopened. 

Credit: SCDOT

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