One person was killed Monday in an early morning crash on a section of a highway through the Midlands, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.
The collision between two vehicles happened around 2:15 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 26, according to Master Trooper David Jones.
A 2016 Jeep Patriot had stopped in one of the lanes at the 147-mile mark of I-26, Jones said. It’s in Orangeburg County, near the junction with US 601 at exit 145.
The SUV had its headlights off when it was struck from behind by a westbound tractor-trailer, according to Jones.
The driver of the SUV died at the scene, Jones said.
The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office is expected to publicly identify the driver of the SUV after notifying next of kin.
Jones said the tractor-trailer driver was not injured and no other injuries were reported.
No information on whether either driver was wearing seat belts was available.
It’s unclear why the SUV stopped on I-26, but the crash is being investigated by Highway Patrol.
As of Thursday, 428 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,194 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.
At least 14 people have died in Orangeburg County crashes in 2022, DPS reported. Last year, 45 deaths were reported there, and five involved a pedestrian, according to DPS data.
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