On Friday, July 24, a loaded semi tractor-trailer left Interstate 95 and went down an embankment close to the Combahee River in Colleton County, South Carolina. The afternoon accident occurred near mile marker 39, not far from the Colleton-Hampton County line, according to Live 5 News.
Extrication of Both Occupants Required
Authorities said that a tree almost split the tractor cab in two. Firefighters had to use chains to pull part of the cab away from the tree. They extricated a passenger from the sleeper cab within about 20 minutes. His arm was pinned between the roof of the cab and the tree. He was able to climb down a ladder under his own power and make his way to a waiting stretcher.
Injury and Loss of Life
Emergency personnel took him to Colleton County Medical Center. There was no immediate report of his condition. The driver was pinned between the tree and the dash. During a difficult, hour-long extrication of the driver, firefighters said that the cab caught fire twice. Emergency personnel transported him to Colleton County Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
Partial Road Closure Lasts for Hours
Authorities closed all but one lane of northbound I-95 for over five hours, and traffic backed up for several miles.
Although the investigation into this 18-wheeler crash is ongoing, South Carolina state law offers those injured in certain types of accidents an opportunity to seek redress via civil litigation. In some cases, victims seek compensation for medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and lost wages.
If you or a family member sustains injuries in a traffic accident, it is possible to review the matter with Columbia injury lawyers. We offer such a consultation without any cost to you. Our firm fights the insurance companies on behalf of our clients. To learn more about our services, please contact us.