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Orangeburg County coroner IDs I-26 crash victims
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Orangeburg County coroner IDs I-26 crash victims

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I26 Accident

Five people died and two were injured in a crash on Interstate 26 on Thursday afternoon.

Five residents of West Virginia died in Thursday afternoon’s multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 26, according to information released Friday by Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall.

The victims were: Justin Cooper, 39, of 591 Little Beaver Road, Calvin; Michael Russell, 67, 14058 Webster Road, Calvin; and Andrew Morris, 37, Jasmine Morris, 25, and Gracie Taylor, 7, each of 1358 Hickory Flats Road, Erbacon.

Each person died of massive blunt force trauma sustained in the collision, Marshall said.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell said the accident involved a vehicle and two tractor-trailers. It occurred on I-26 westbound at the 146 mile marker.

Seven people were inside an eastbound 2001 Chevrolet SUV when it crossed over the median, according to Tidwell.

The SUV struck the median cable, crossed over the cable and struck two westbound tractor-trailers: a 2020 Freightliner and a 2007 Volvo.

The SUV came to a rest when it overturned, Tidwell said.

Five of the occupants of the SUV died at the scene and medics transported two to the hospital. Their conditions aren’t known

Both tractor-trailer drivers were wearing seatbelts and weren’t injured, he said.

One of the tractor-trailers caught fire.

The collision caused westbound traffic to halt for several hours. Eastbound traffic saw delays of about 30 minutes.

The S.C. Highway Patrol and its Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team are investigating the accident.

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

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