Two commercial trucks were reportedly among the five vehicles involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 95 in Florence County on Saturday, March 21, according to a corporal with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Details of Accident
The accident happened at approximately 7:37 p.m. in the northbound lanes near Exit 170. Two cars reportedly caught fire, and one of those vehicles was reportedly pinned underneath one of the big rigs.
Coroner’s Office Reports Fatalities
The Florence County Coroner reported that five people died in the wreck, including a 51-year-old female and a 52-year-old male from Johnstown, PA, that were traveling in a 2011 Jeep Cherokee. Three other victims died in a 2008 Honda, including a 34-year-old male, a 32-year-old female and a young child. There were no initial reports of injuries to other occupants of the five vehicles.
The northbound lanes of I-95 required closure for approximately 12 hours after the tragic accident. Officials with the SCHP and the Florence County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the crash. Investigators may require a number of days to issue their preliminary findings.
Although the cause or causes of this fatal wreck have not yet been determined, survivors of those that die in traffic accidents may seek compensation in the state’s civil courts when it is possible to reasonably assert negligence. In such accidents, it is often possible to pursue compensation for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and burial expenses.
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