Semi catches fire after deadly wreck with SUV going wrong way on I-77, police say

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Semi catches fire after deadly wreck with SUV going wrong way on I-77, police say BY DAVID TRAVIS BLAND MAY 07, 2022 12:25 PM Play VideoDuration 1:13 South Carolina traffic collisions by the numbers More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here’s why there were so many. BY ASHLEN RENNER An SUV going the wrong way on Interstate 77 in northeast Columbia caused a three-vehicle wreck, and a semi-truck to catch fire Saturday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The driver of the SUV was going south in the northbound lanes of I-77, Trooper Nick Pye reported. The SUV driver collided with the other vehicles near mile marker 19 at about 5 a.m., which is close to the Farrow Road exit and the overpass of Hard Scrabble Road. The SUV hit a Peterbilt semi-truck and a Nissan sedan, according to Pye. The semi ran off the right side of the road and caught fire. TOP VIDEOS Top Videos Is a trial in sight for the death ofMallory Beach? × The driver of the SUV died, Pye said. The drivers of the semi and the sedan were hospitalized. Hazardous material spilled on the interstate because of the wreck, the S.C. Department of Transportation reported. Road emergency crews extinguished the fire and began to clean up the hazardous material. The material was not identified in a statement by the DOT. $2 for 2 months Subscribe for unlimited access to our website, app, eEdition and more CLAIM OFFER The wreck caused lanes of I-77 north in the area to be closed for hours. By midday, the right lane was still closed as crews continue to mitigate the spill. The highway patrol is investigating the collision. The Richland County Coroner’s Office may identify the victim after next-of-kin is notified of the death. In 2020, at least 310 people have died in wrecks, including 20 in Richland County. DAVID TRAVIS BLAND 803-563-7781 David Travis Bland won the SC Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. He joined The State in 2018. He writes about crime, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010. Support my work with a digital subscription The genius shopping trick every Amazon Prime Member should know Capital One Shopping | Sponsored Learn More New Mexico: Startup Is Changing the Way People Retire With over 110 million Americans over age 50, it’s no wonder this Princeton alum’s $1 billion startup is helping people plan for a comfortable retirement. SmartAsset | Sponsored Most American’s With A Windows PC Didn’t Know This (Do It Now) SafeLifeTips | Sponsored Learn More

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