***UPDATED at 5:48 P.M. on Friday, December 11th***
AUGUSTA, Ga. – – If you plan on traveling on I-20 Eastbound into South Carolina, you will want to make alternative plans.
Traffic is currently backed up for miles leading up to the scene where a tractor-trailer hauling frozen food drove off the bridge that crosses the Augusta Canal and into the waterway early Friday morning.
According to Lieutenant Allan Rollins, with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The crash happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning.
The driver has been identified as Eshmon West of Atlanta, Georgia. Lt. Rollins tells us that West is currently being treated for serious injuries at Georgia Regents Medical Center. He adds that deputies are continuing the investigation.
Georgia Department of Transportation have been working all day to repair the damage, and that is believed to be causing the traffic snarl.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest details as they become available.
***UPDATED at 8:25 A.M. on Friday, December 11th***
AUGUSTA, Ga. – One lane of I-20 Eastbound is closed near the state line after the driver of an 18 wheeler crashed through the guardrail of the Augusta Canal Bridge shortly after 1 a.m.
Deputies on the scene say the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
He was able to swim to the shore and was then taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.
His condition is unknown at this time. Crews are still on the scene removing the big rig from the canal.
The outside lane of I-20 Eastbound is closed across the canal bridge. Be prepared to take it slow through that area.
***POSTED at 2:37 A.M. on Friday, December 11th***
AUGUSTA, Ga.- A water rescue crew has been called to the scene of an accident on I-20 at the Augusta Canal.
Richmond County dispatch tells us an 18 wheeler crashed into the guardrail of the bridge.
The call came in just after 1 this morning.
Traffic is down to one lane on I-20 at the Canal Bridge.
If you have to drive through the area, please use caution.
Stay with News Channel 6 for updates to this breaking news.