Traffic snarl caused by crash blocks lanes on highway headed to Columbia

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A crash on a highway heading toward Columbia caused a traffic jam for drivers on the Monday morning commute.

All of the eastbound lanes on Interstate 20 were blocked following the collision that happened at about 7:45 a.m., according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The wreck was near Exit 58 in Lexington, which is the junction with U.S. 1, and the connection to Lexington, West Columbia, and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. It’s a few miles from the Richland County line.

There was no word from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety if anyone was hurt in the crash. But emergency vehicles, including police cars and fire engines were on the scene, SCDOT video shows.

Vehicles were backed up for at least 4 miles on I-20, traffic cameras showed.

Information on what caused the collision, and the number of vehicles involved, was not available.

It was unknown when all of the lanes of I-20 would be reopened, but drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Anyone unable to find an alternative route is warned to expect delays and asked to use caution by Master Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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