Two-Killed in Crash on Edgefield Highway in Aiken County, South Carolina (SC)
AIKEN COUNTY, SC- Wrdw.com writes that a crash occurred this week involving a car and a dump truck. The incident took place on Edgefield Highway, close to Lake Shore Drive.*
Reports indicate that the car involved was a 2020 Toyota Camry that was heading southbound on the highway. The car then drifted into the northbound lanes where it struck a 2021 Peterbilt truck head-on. The victims were identified as a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman. The man driving the truck also sustained injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. That individual's injuries are not considered life-threatening. The wreck led to long traffic delays on the highway, despite the early hour at which the incident occurred. By late morning, the scene was mostly cleared.
When a truck and a car collide, the consequences of the crash will most likely be worst felt by the people in the car. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 67 percent of victims in truck crashes are occupants of passenger vehicles. That number applies to all truck crashes, including those that involve only trucks. When looking specifically at deadly collisions that involve both a car and a truck, the victim will be a person or persons in the car 96 percent of the time. Obviously, the size of trucks is a major part of the reason that these vehicles create so many dangers for people in smaller cars. However, their design also can lead to hazards because they are taller and further from the ground than are cars. It is possible for cars to end up driving beneath the trailer of a truck and getting wedged beneath these much larger vehicles. These types of crashes are often deadly.
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