Dorchester County Sheriff's Office

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office. File.

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.

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. 

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.