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Truck driver dies in fiery crash in Barnwell County

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One person is dead following a fiery collision in Barnwell County early Monday morning. 

The collision occurred at 3:30 a.m. on U.S. 278, just 2.5 miles east of Barnwell, Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell with the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported. 

A 2020 Frieghtliner hauling a tanker trailer was traveling west on U.S. 278 when the driver ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch and the vehicle caught on fire, Tidwell reported. 

A number of Barnwell County Fire Department units responded and were able to put out the fire. They later discovered the driver inside, Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward said.

The driver was wearing a seat belt and died at the scene, he said. 

A forensic anthropologist from Columbia was brought in to assist the coroner’s office in confirming the identification of the driver.

It was determined the driver died from blunt force trauma with the fire being a contributing factor, Ward reported.

A toxicology test will be performed.

The case is under investigation by the Barnwell Coroner’s Office and Highway Patrol.

The identification of the victim has not been confirmed. 

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