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UPDATE: Second vehicle fire near crash that backed up traffic on major Midlands highway

Drivers on the Wednesday morning commute headed to Columbia faced delays as traffic was backed up following a collision on a major Midlands highway.

A crash on Interstate 20 caused multiple lanes of the highway to be closed, bringing traffic to a crawl, the South Carolina Department of Transportation reported.

The collision occurred by the 76 mile marker, near the junction with Interstate 77, according to SCDOT.

The wreck occurred just before 7 a.m., and two westbound lanes on I-20 were blocked, SCDOT tweeted.

That caused delays for drivers traveling from northeast Richland County toward Columbia.

The wreck was cleared and the road was reopened just before 8 a.m., SCDOT traffic cameras showed.

Prior to that, a vehicle was on fire on the interstate, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Information on any injuries and the number of vehicles involved in the crash was not available.

Just before 8:30 a.m., traffic was slowed in the same area because of a separate incident.

The right lane of I-77 southbound was closed when another vehicle went up in flames, SCDOT tweeted.

There is no word on how long it will take to clear the wreck and reopen the highway.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.


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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.