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I-26 crash

A truck driver died Monday morning when his tractor-trailer and a Jeep Liberty collided. The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital.

An early morning collision on Interstate 26 resulted in the death of a truck driver.

The collision occurred at 4:44 a.m. Monday near mile marker 169, about seven miles south of Holly Hill, S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell said.

The collision involved a 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer and a 2010 Jeep Liberty.

The driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene.

Emergency crews transported the driver of the Jeep to the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, Tidwell said.

Tidwell said that diesel fuel spilled on the roadway and into the median, which caused a fire.

Local fire departments responded to the scene.

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For several hours on Monday, both westbound lanes were blocked due to the collision, fire and treatment of spilled diesel fuel.

Initially, both the eastbound and westbound lanes were blocked, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The collision remains under investigation by the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Tidwell added.

The name of the person who died in the crash has not yet been released by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.

Seven people died on South Carolina’s roadways between Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11:59 p.m., according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

Between Jan. 1 and Sunday, 651 people died on the state’s highways compared to 709 highway deaths during the same time period last year.

Including Monday morning’s fatal collision, 29 people have died on roadways in Orangeburg County so far this year. During the same time period last year, there were 31 highway fatalities in the county.

In Bamberg County, there has been one highway fatality this year. The county had the same number during the same time period last year.

In Calhoun County, there have been two highway deaths this year compared to six highway deaths during the same time period last year.

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