Two Tragically Die in Fiery Wreck on Interstate 20 in Aiken County, South Carolina
AIKEN COUNTY, SC – According to an online news report at aikenstandard.com, two people sustained fatal injuries in a fiery wreck that occurred over the weekend on Interstate 20.*
In the early morning hours, police and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of a fiery crash on Interstate 20 in the eastbound lane close to the 24th mile marker, per the Aiken County coroner.
The accident involving a Ford SUV happened 6.5 miles north of Aiken, as noted by a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The SUV was headed eastbound on Interstate 20 at an excessive rate of speed. As a result, it exited the roadway to the right and struck a tree. The vehicle then flipped over and became engulfed in flames. Both the driver of the SUV and their passenger died at the scene of the accident.
After the flames were extinguished, two individuals were found inside the SUV. Due to the extensive nature of their injuries, no identification could be made.
A vehicular fire that erupts following a crash can be caused by several factors, including the defective design or manufacture of the vehicle. Quite possibly, the vehicle’s fuel-delivery system or gas tank is defective, leading to ruptures that cause gas to leak which can ignite with just one spark.
The individuals located in a vehicle that becomes engulfed in flames can sustain serious burns or die in the blaze. While they may survive the initial impact of the crash, they could become trapped in the burning vehicle, which can have dire consequences for all parties involved.
Most vehicles have flammable fuel in their gas tanks. On average, a vehicle or SUV has a full tank at around twenty to twenty gallons. Each gallon of gasoline, if ignited, is equivalent to about six sticks of dynamite. So if a twenty-gallon tank catches on fire, this is equal to the power of 120 sticks of dynamite.
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