SANTEE – A four-vehicle pile-up on the Interstate 95 bridge claimed the life of a 34-year-old Vance man on the eve of him turning 35.
Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock said, “Marion Jerome Mack died at the scene” of the collision, which occurred around 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in the southbound lanes near mile marker 100.
Mock said, “Mack was ejected from the vehicle and died from multiple blunt-force trauma.”
Mock said Mack was in the process of moving from Columbia to Vance.
Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said traffic in the southbound lanes was blocked for six hours while emergency crews worked the scene.
The I-95 bridge joins Orangeburg County and Clarendon County.
There are no emergency roadway shoulders along the entire stretch of the bridge.
Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Mack was not wearing a seat belt.
He said Mack was driving a 2003 Honda Accord.
He explained that the accident occurred when a flatbed delivery struck rear-ended at 2015 Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Toyota Camry then rear-ended Mack’s vehicle.
Mack’s vehicle then rear-ended a 2002 Ford F350, which was towing a car hauler.
He said none of the occupants of the other vehicles reported injuries.
The collision remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol and its Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
Thursday night’s fatality is the second in the greater Santee area in less than a week. On Sunday afternoon, a 36-year-old driver died when his vehicle hit a tree.
As of March 15, 165 people had died on South Carolina highways, compared to 164 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Of the 165 people who were killed in 2019, 117 had access to seat belts, but 54 of them were not wearing them, according to the SCDPS.