COLUMBIA -- Four people were killed in a wreck before dawn Wednesday after their car missed a sharp curve near Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, slamming into a building and bursting into flames minutes later, authorities said.
The two men and two women were so badly burned that X-rays or DNA will be needed to identify them, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.
The wreck happened around 5 a.m. when the car ran off George Rogers Boulevard and crashed into a Farm Bureau insurance building, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said.
Roads around the crash were closed through rush hour as emergency crews cleaned up the scene and police studied evidence. The wreck happened near a sharp curve in the road and investigators were trying to determine why the driver lost control of the vehicle, which had Florida license plates.
Felicia Goodwin lived one street away from the wreck and rushed to the scene after hearing the crash. The fire hadn't started yet, but she told WIS-TV she was still helpless to assist the people inside. "When you go to a wreck, you usually can reach for a door," Goodwin said. "There was no doors. It was mangled up so bad, there wasn't no front doors, there was no back doors."