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I-64 crash shuts down interstate in Simpsonville

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One person sustains minor injuries

By Lisa King

A collision between a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck on I-64 in Simpsonville Tuesday morning sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries, said Shelby County Assistant EMS Director Jeff Ivers.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is heading up the investigation into the accident and did not return phone calls from The Sentinel-News seeking information on the accident.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lane of I-64 near mile marker 29 at 5:50 a.m., said officials at Shelby County Central Dispatch.

The accident snarled traffic on I-64 eastbound until 11:30 a.m., said Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman. Although Whitman added that one lane of traffic did open during much of the clean up.

“We [EMA] finished up there at about eleven o’clock and then it took another hour to put in a crash cushion,” he said, referring to a metal frame in the concrete median that had been demolished by the impact of the semi.”

Whitman said his crews cleaned up between 75 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel from the roadway.