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Coroner identifies tractor-trailer driver killed in crash

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office has identified a Tennessee man as the tractor-trailer driver who died in Wednesday’s crash at Interstate 26 and Highway 33.

Melvin T. Gordon, 54, of Vaughns Grove Road, Trenton, was pronounced dead at the scene, Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle reported Thursday.

Fogle said preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Thursday in Newberry showed Gordon died as a result of blunt force injuries to his chest as a result of the collision.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into the wreck.

SCHP Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the tractor-trailer ran off the right shoulder on I-26 westbound, came back onto the roadway and struck an SUV at mile marker 149.

The SUV crashed into the median cables. The driver and the two passengers in the SUV were not injured, Jones said.

The tractor-trailer went into the median and down an embankment just yards away from Highway 33.

The cab of the tractor-trailer collided with and damaged a CSX railroad track that runs parallel to Highway 33.

Kristin Seay of CSX Corporate Communications said, “The track was dislocated by four feet as a result of the tractor-trailer’s impact. Train traffic through the area was suspended until repairs were completed at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Normal train operations have resumed.”

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter @MRBrownTandD.

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