Triple fatality crash on June 24, 2019

A view of the crash site on westbound Interstate 26 near Orangeburg. Provided/S.C. Highway Patrol.

At least three people were killed in a head-on collision that halted westbound traffic on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg, the S.C. Highway Patrol said.

Around 1:15 p.m. Monday, a Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling east on Interstate 26, near mile marker 154, crossed over the median and into oncoming westbound traffic, colliding with a van carrying four people. Three people in the van, who have not been publicly identified, were pronounced dead, and a child was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones.

The driver of the truck was also injured and transported to a hospital for treatment, Jones said.

Nearly four hours after the crash was first reported, the westbound lanes remained shutdown, authorities said. High Patrol said detours for motorists were expected to remain in effect through most of the evening.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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