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A Thursday morning collision on Interstate 26 in Orangeburg County injured three people and stalled eastbound traffic for about three hours.

A box truck and a Ford F750 collided around mile marker 144 just before 10 a.m., according to S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell.

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The box truck overturned, Tidwell said.

Orangeburg County Office of Emergency Services, STAR team and Jamison Fire Department crews extricated the driver of the box truck.

Medics transported the box truck driver by helicopter to Prisma Health Richland for treatment. Officials do not believe the injuries are life threatening.

EMS transported the two other passengers of the box truck to the Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the Ford F750 was not injured, Tidwell said.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Traffic came to a standstill because of the debris strewn about the highway and the need to create a landing zone for the helicopter.

Just after 1 p.m., both eastbound lanes were reopened.

Other agencies that responded to the scene include the Orangeburg County Fire District, S.C. Department of Transportation and the SCDOT State Highway Emergency Program.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 17 years.

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