Five Killed in Tragic Crash on Interstate 26 in Orangeburg, South Carolina (SC)
ORANGEBURG, SC- Ajc.com writes that five people were killed in a horrible crash in Orangeburg, South Carolina, this week. The multi-vehicle wreck occurred on Interstate 26 in the early afternoon.*
The victims were identified as a 39-year-old man, a 67-year-old man, a 37-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman, and a seven-year-old girl. The victims all died from blunt force trauma. The county coroner stated that the individuals were all from West Virginia. Two other people were severely injured in the incident. The crash led to the closure of the westbound lanes until the later evening. The vehicles involved included a 2001 Chevrolet SUV, and two large trucks. The victims who were killed were all in the SUV at the time of the collision. Two people in the SUV survived the horrific incident. The SUV was reportedly traveling eastbound when it crashed through a median and entered the westbound traffic lanes. The two trucks then struck the SUV, and it rolled multiple times. Of the semi-trucks, then caught fire, but the drivers in the two trucks were reportedly uninjured.
In 2018, large truck crashes killed 4,136 people in the United States. In collisions involving these massive vehicles, the victims are more likely to be individuals in a passenger car. In fact, if a crash involves a large truck and a passenger vehicle, the victims were people in the passenger vehicle 96 percent of the time.
The size and weight of trucks are not the only reasons that these vehicles are deadly for other people on the road. The height of the truck trailer can often result in underriding crashes, where a vehicle goes partially under the trailer.
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