An Orangeburg woman died when her car collided with a tractor-trailer and caught fire in Lexington County.
Mia Briana Justine James, 29, died in the collision that occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.
James was driving a 2016 Hyundai west in the eastbound lane of Interstate 26 when it collided with a 1999 Mack tractor-trailer, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The tractor-trailer was traveling east in the eastbound lane.
Both vehicles ran off the right side of the road and caught fire. James died at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision, Fisher said.
The collision remains under investigation.
The S.C. Department of Public Safety reported that nine people were killed on the state’s roadways from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. As of Feb. 11, 82 people have died on South Carolina highways compared to 118 highway deaths during the same time period in 2017.
Of the 65 motor vehicle occupants killed in 2018, 42 were not wearing seat belts, according to SCDPS.
Through Feb. 11, 10 pedestrians have died compared to 15 in 2017; three motorcyclists have died compared to seven in 2017; and two bicyclists have died compared to four in 2017 on state roads and highways.