What should have been a wonderful trip for a holiday weekend turned into a terrible tragedy for 7 people in an SUV Friday, July 3rd.
Five residents of West Virginia died in Thursday afternoon’s multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 26, according to information released Friday by Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall.
S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell said the accident involved a vehicle and two tractor-trailers. It occurred on I-26 westbound at the 146 mile marker.
Seven people were inside an eastbound 2001 Chevrolet SUV when it crossed over the median, according to Tidwell.
The SUV struck the median cable, crossed over the cable and struck two westbound tractor-trailers: a 2020 Freightliner and a 2007 Volvo.
Five of the occupants of the SUV died at the scene and medics transported two to the hospital. Their conditions aren’t known
Both tractor-trailer drivers were wearing seatbelts and weren’t injured, he said.
One of the tractor-trailers caught fire.
The collision caused westbound traffic to halt for several hours. Eastbound traffic saw delays of about 30 minutes.
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