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Crews begin cutting down trees in middle of I-26 along deadly highway stretch near Charleston

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SUMMERVILLE, South Carolina — Crews have started cutting down trees in the median along a stretch of Interstate 26 west of Charleston.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/1y0w22I ) Cherokee Inc. of Columbia is cutting down all the trees in the middle of I-26 over about 7 miles, and in other dangerous areas of the highway.

The state Department of Transportation wanted to cut down even more trees, saying they contributed to an unusually high fatality rate along the stretch of I-26 between mile marker 170 and 198. But a compromise was reached with local governments to let some of the trees stay and put cable median barriers in those areas.

Crews have until the middle of August to finish the logging work.

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