The driver of a tractor-trailer has died after suffering injuries in a crash with a train near Summerville on Monday.
The crash occurred at 12:35 p.m. on Mellichamp Road near U.S. Highway 78, said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern, a spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol.
It's become common for motorists to wait at crossings for half an hour during rush hour and many have complained about tardiness to school or and work, some citing loss in pay as a result.
A 2020 Freightliner flatbed tractor-trailer was attempting to go over a railroad crossing at Mellichamp to access the highway when a train operated by Norfolk Southern Railway hit it on the driver's side, Southern said.
The tractor-trailer's driver was transported to Trident Medical Center but later died, he said.
An investigation by the Highway Patrol is ongoing.