FLORENCE, S.C. – A crash that started on Interstate 95 and ended on US 76 between Florence and Timmonsville claimed the lives of three people on Saturday. Another person suffered injuries.
The crash which occurred around 11:30 a.m. involved a tractor-trailer, a truck, and a car. The tractor-trailer remained mostly on the interstate while the car ended up on U.S. 76.
Corporal Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the northbound tractor-trailer crossed the median and hit a Mazda car and a Toyota truck in the southbound lanes.
Two of the deceased were found on US 76 while the third victim and the injured individual ended up on the Interstate. Collins said it was too early to reveal which vehicles the deceased occupied. Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken added that the names of the victims would be released after their families were notified.
The crash left the trailer dangling off the overpass until recovery personnel and firefighters secured it to a tow truck. Traffic was rerouted through Honda Way, Timmonsville, and Interstate 20 until the scene was cleared.
Officials said the trailer was empty and the only hazardous material seemed to diesel which leaked from the truck’s saddle tanks.
Several entities responded to the crash including Florence County EMS, Florence County Emergency Management Division, West Florence Fire Rescue, Sardis-Timmonsville Fire Department and Timmonsville Rescue Squad.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Patrol’s MAIT team are continuing investigations.
Tractor-trailer accidents can be particularly dangerous. Given the size of these vehicles, passenger cars typically don’t stand a chance. Serious injuries and fatalities are therefore common.
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