One Killed, Two Injured in Tractor-Trailer Crash in Lancaster County, SC.
LANCASTER COUNTY, SC. – One person was killed and two people were injured in a tractor-trailer collision January 2 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, according to an online news report at wcnc.com. The two injured persons are juveniles, according to reports, and their current conditions are not known.*
The crash occurred on the evening of January 2 on U.S. Highway 521, near the community of Pleasant Hill in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The circumstances of the crash are not yet completely settled. Officials indicate a tractor-trailer was backing into a private drive on U.S. 521, and a 2010 Dodge Avenger was traveling north on U.S. 521.
The Dodge crashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer on the highway. It is not clear what position the tractor-trailer was in at the time or why the driver of the Dodge did not stop. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office pronounced the Dodge driver dead at the scene. She has been identified as 39-year-old Panisla “Penny” Drakeford Rice, of Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Officials reported that Rice was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Two juveniles were inside the Dodge at the time of the crash, and both sustained unknown injuries. Emergency crews transported them to a local hospital for treatment. Their names and ages have not been released.
The tractor-trailer driver has not been identified and was not injured. Officials said he or she was wearing a seat belt.
South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene and is still investigating the collision. No further information is available at this time.
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