Six hospitalized after serious collision on I-20

  • Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 11:31 p.m.

Traffic had to be redirected on I-20 on Saturday afternoon for more than two hours as a result of a one car collision.

The incident occurred in the East bound lane at mile marker 6 at 2:45 p.m. Traffic was rerouted off I-20, exit no. 5.

The driver, Clarence Vanderwiele, 78, Knoxville, Tenn., was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban, and was towing a trailer behind his camper, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Suburban was carrying five passengers.

The vehicle began swaying, and the trailer jackknifed, with the SUV turning over on its roof, and the camper on its side. The overturned vehicles blocked traffic for 2 1/4 hours. Two of the passengers had to be mechanically extricated from the Suburban, said authorities. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.

The driver and five passengers were all transported to Georgia Regents University in Augusta. There were no life threatening injuries, according to law enforcement.

The operator of the vehicle was cited for driving too fast for road conditions.

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.

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