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State troopers say early morning collision was the result of another wrong-way driver

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – The SC Highway Patrol is now saying that this morning’s fatal collision on I-26 near the 119-mile marker was caused by a motorist traveling west in the east bound lanes of traffic. This means that the car was going toward Columbia in the lanes meant to flow toward Charleston.

According to the spokesman from SCHP Troop One, a Hyundai was on the wrong side of the interstate when it collided head on with a 1999 Mack tractor-trailer truck. Both of the vehicles veered off the right side of the interstate and burst into flames. The driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t seriously injured. The driver of the car, however, died in the crash. That driver’s car was destroyed to the point that troopers haven’t been able to say if the person had on his seatbelt.

This is the second fatal wrong-way accident in Lexington County in the past five days. Late Thursday, a driver fleeing a hit and run accident got on I-77 at the Charleston Highway exit going north in the south bound lanes. She collided head on with a Dodge 4500 truck. She also died in that accident.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher’s office will notify the deceased family before she will release the individual's name who was killed this morning.

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