A motorist that allegedly disregarded a stop sign was in a Hartsville area accident on Tuesday, July 7. The accident occurred where Swift Creek Road and North Marquis Highway intersect. A truck driver that witnessed the crash called 911 at 7:19 p.m. He then parked his truck in the road to block approaching motorists.
Semi and Car Collide
According to authorities, a semi tractor-trailer was southbound on North Marquis Highway just before the crash. At the same time, a black Mercury Milan, eastbound on Swift Creek Road, ran a stop sign. The vehicles collided and the car ended up under the truck. According to a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the semi subsequently ran off the road, dragging the car with it. The vehicles were reportedly engulfed in flames when they came to a stop in a nearby field.
Loss of Life Reported
Two individuals in the car, a 27-year-old male and a 22-year-old female, did not survive the crash. The Darlington County coroner said that they from Hartsville. The coroner’s office scheduled autopsies for Thursday, July 9, according to the Hartsville Messenger. The truck driver was not injured.
Members of the Hartsville Police Department, Darlington County Sheriff’s Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Hartsville Rescue Squad and Hartsville Fire Department responded to the scene.
Although the investigation into this fatal wreck is in its earliest stages, survivors of victims that lose their lives due to the negligent conduct of a motorist do have recourse in the state’s civil courts. It is often possible to pursue monetary damages for loss of companionship, pain-and-suffering and burial expenses.
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