Three Tragically Die in Multiple-Vehicle Accident in Florence, South Carolina
FLORENCE, SC – According to an online news report at scnow.com, three people tragically died and another was airlifted from the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident.*
Three people tragically died and a fourth was airlifted to a local hospital following a multiple-vehicle accident that first occurred on Interstate 95 and ended on United States Highway 76 east between Timmonsville and Florence.
The accident occurred in the morning hours and involved an 18-wheeler, which, following the accident, remained on the interstate while another vehicle ended up on United States Highway 76.
The crash happened when the 18-wheeler, which was headed northbound, crossed over the median and into the southbound lanes where it slammed into a Mazda and Toyota head-on, as indicated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP).
The SCHP’s investigation has not progressed enough to indicate which victims where in which vehicles. This information will be released as the investigation continues.
Following the accident, the tractor-trailer dangled, while unsupported, off over an overpass on the roadway. Firefighters and a recovery crew eventually secured the truck to a tow truck.
Two of the vehicles involved in crash were located on United States Highway 76. The third victim and another individual were recovered from Interstate 95.
Per the Florence County Coroner, the identification of the victims has not been released to the public pending notification to their families.
Traffic was rerouted through Interstate 20, Honda Way, and Timmonsville.
Florida County EMS, Florence County Coroner’s Office, SCHP, West Florence Fire Rescue, Sardis-Timmonsville Fire Department, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, DHEC, Florence County Emergency Management Division, and the Timmonsville Rescue Squad all responded to the accident scene.
According to an official, the truck’s trailer was empty at the time of the crash. The only hazardous material that was present at the scene was diesel fuel that appeared to be leaking from the truck.
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