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Buses crash on I-20 on way to Cup

Posted: March 30, 2014 1:15 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.

One commercial motor coach bus crashed into another on I-20 Saturday morning as both buses swerved to avoid a couch that had, somehow, ended up on the highway. S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the crash took place around 9 a.m. and kept the eastbound side of the highway shut down for approximately two and a half hours. The two buses were carrying a total of around 100 people to the Cup, Jones said.

He said the accident took place at the Elgin exit.

“Vehicles that were at the exit we rerouted on to Hwy. 12,” Jones said, confirming that traffic in Richland County heading into Kershaw County were asked to exit at Clemson and Spears Creek Church roads. “The buses were going to the Cup. A third bus came and some of the students may have gotten on it go to the Cup, but we’re not sure.”

Jones said the second bus also swerved to avoid the couch, striking the first bus in the rear and pushing it into the median. Although initial reports put the number of “walking wounded” at between 50 and 60, Jones said only eight people were taken by ambulance to be treated for minor injuries. He said he did not know how many people, if any, were treated at the scene.

KershawHealth Vice President of Marketing and Community Outreach Joseph Bruce said he only knew of six “young people” brought to the emergency department Saturday morning. Jones said he was unsure whether all eight patients were taken to KershawHealth or if anyone was taken to another hospital.

Jones said the SCHP cleared the scene at 11:30 a.m., but added that traffic may have taken some time after that to normalize due to the extreme congestion. He also said that the SCHP was still investigating the cause of the crash as of Saturday afternoon and did not know if any charges would be filed.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray said his crews assisted at the scene.

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