Tractor-trailer carrying batteries crashes, backs up traffic

Kristi O'Connor | WBTV
Kristi O'Connor | WBTV

FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - A tractor-trailer carrying batteries crashed on Interstate 77 and caused major traffic delays in York County Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred on Interstate 77 near Gold Hill Road at mile marker 88 in Fort Mill. Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the semi-truck's driver, 54-year-old Dana George, of Charlotte, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete barrier.

Highway Patrol said the debris from the concrete barrier struck three cars that were traveling northbound. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to a WBTV reporter on scene, hundreds of boxes of Energizer batteries fell out of the truck and some were smashed in the road.

Deputies with the York County Sheriff's Office and troopers were taking the batteries out of the truck and putting them in trailers.

Traffic was backed up for miles following the crash.

A trooper with the SCDOT tweeted that the wreck had blocked both left lanes.

George was charged with traveling too fast.

As of 2:30 p.m., crews were still clearing the scene.

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