FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One person died after being rescued from an accident involving an SUV and a tractor trailer Wednesday morning on Interstate 95 in Florence County, officials confirmed.
According to Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a Ford Explorer was traveling north on I-95 near mile marker 156 at about 8 a.m. when the vehicle went into the median, lost control, and crossed into the emergency lane.
The Explorer then hit the rear of a tractor trailer parked in the emergency lane, Cpl. Collins said.
Three members of a tree service and a member of the South Carolina Forestry Commission arrived at the scene of the collision shortly after it occurred, according to Chief Anthony Fox with the West Florence Fire Department. They were able to free the victim from being trapped in his vehicle, which was on fire. The Good Samaritans also performed CPR on the victim, Chief Fox stated.
The victim was then transported to a nearby hospital, Chief Fox stated. According to SCHP officials, the victim died in the incident. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
West Florence firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire that had engulfed the SUV.
The cause of the collision is under investigation by SCHP and a Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Cpl. Collins said.