Car Crash in South Carolina Kills Five People from West Virginia
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg, S.C. claimed the lives of five West Virginia residents. All five of the deceased victims were in one sports utility vehicle. According to wvnstv.com, the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office concluded that all five victims sustained traumatic blunt force injuries that caused their deaths. Authorities reported that two of the victims hailed from Calvin, West Virginia, and the remaining three victims lived in Erbacon, West Virginia. *
The relationships among those killed were unclear; however, at least two of the people killed appear to have been related. Authorities also said that two other occupants in the SUV that carried the five victims were hurt and required emergency hospitalization. The health of those parties is unknown. Law enforcement investigators said that the SUV in which the accident victims rode crossed a median and struck two tractor-tractor trailer trucks and flipped over. The investigators did not indicate whether either of the truck drivers sustained any injuries in the incident.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety issues an annual report on auto crashes in the state. In 2018, which is the latest available traffic collision book from South Carolina, one vehicular crash happened every 3.7 minutes. At least one person was killed every nine hours on average in the state. One person was injured in an auto accident every 13.8 minutes, and at least one collision resulting in property damage happened every 5.1 minutes. Overall, 1,036 lost their lives in vehicle crashes in South Carolina in 2018, which is an increase of 47 fatalities from 2017 and was the highest number since 2014. Forty-six people riding in SUVs died in 2018.
Deaths increased among non-vehicular modes of transportation in 2018 as well. Pedestrian deaths rose by ten from 2017 to 2018. Fatal pedalcyclist accidents increased by ten from 2017 to 2018 as well.
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