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.
Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Mack was not wearing a seatbelt.
Jones said Mack was driving a 2003 Honda Accord.
Jones said the accident occurred when a flatbed delivery truck rear-ended a 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.
None of the other occupants of the other vehicles was reported to have injuries, according to Jones.
He said the accident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol and its Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
The fatality is the second near Santee in less than a week. On Sunday afternoon, a 36-year-old driver died when his vehicle hit a tree.
As of March 10, 152 people had died on South Carolina highways, compared to 155 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018, according to the SCDPS.