Several firefighters injured, two fatalities confirmed in two separate accidents on I-20 near exit 3
Samaria, SC (Paul Kirby) – Several Lexington County firefighters are being treated for injuries and two motorists are confirmed dead in two separate accidents that occurred on I-20 near the 39-mile marker this morning.
The first accident occurred at approximately 4:12 a.m. on the east side of the bridge at the 39 exit. In that collision, one person in the vehicle died and one was injured.
While rescuers were still working that accident, a Nissan sedan struck the fire engine from the county’s Samaria station that was parked at the exit ramp on the west side of the exit 39 bridge. The crew of the truck was providing a lane block for the law enforcement officers on the first collision. Those officers were in the process of investigating the first accident.
The crew of the fire truck was seated in the cab when the engine was hit. The apparatus operator, the crew member charged with driving the truck, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, received what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries from the collision. The firefighter in the truck also was injured. Both were transported to Palmetto Richland where the apparatus operator was being treated for injuries to his neck and scalp. Preliminary reports are that the firefighter on the crew was not seriously injured, but is being treated for the injuries he received. .
A SC State Trooper was standing on the driver’s side of the fire truck talking with its driver when the car plowed into the other side. He was thrown to the grown and was injured, but those injuries are reported to be non-life-threatening as well. That trooper was assigned to a unit out of Aiken County, but was assisting because the accident was close to the county line.
The driver of the Nissan that struck the fire truck died on impact, according to our sources. The names of both of the deceased will not be released until the coroner has notified their family members.