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Trucker seriously hurt when woman attempts U-turn on I-95

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I-95 wreck

The driver of a 2005 Lexus SUV traveling north on Interstate 95 collided with a northbound 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer when she attempted to make a U-turn Wednesday at about 12:15 p.m. The truck driver was seriously injured in the crash that caused his 18-wheeler to go off the road and overturn in a wooded area. The St. George woman driving the Lexus is facing a felony DUI charge.

A St. George woman faces a felony driving under the influence charge after attempting a U-turn on Interstate 95 northbound at mile marker 95 Wednesday.

Lynda Byrd, 57, was driving a 2005 Lexus SUV north on I-95 at about 12:15 p.m. when she “attempted to go southbound in the northbound lane,” Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol reported.

As Byrd attempted to make the U-turn, a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer in the northbound lane struck her vehicle. Jeff Powell, 41, of Greensboro, N.C., the driver of the 18-wheeler, sustained “serious but not life threatening injuries,” Jones said.

Powell reportedly suffered multiple compound fractures in the crash. Byrd did not receive any injuries and was booked into the Orangeburg County Detention Center, Jones said.

Santee Fire Chief Edward Barnett said first responders and rescue personnel had to “remove some small trees” to get to Powell and remove him from the cab of his truck. He said Orangeburg County EMS transported the trucker to the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

Powell’s truck was loaded with fresh corn packed in crates and on pallets. The cab and container overturned into a wooded area as a result of the collision.

“There weren’t any fuel leaks or hazardous materials,” Barnett said.

Traffic on I-95 northbound was reduced to a crawl near mile marker 95 for at least two hours after the crash.

“The collision remains under investigation,” Jones said.

Contact the writer: marfawose@aol.com.

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