FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two people were killed Monday evening following a vehicle crash on Interstate 95, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.
Both of the victims were from Maine, von Lutcken said. He identified them as Layn Wilbur, 44, of Hancock, Maine, and Cinnamon Riddell, 45, of Sullivan, Maine.
The two victims died on scene from injuries received in the crash, according to von Lutcken.
Traffic was backed up for miles Monday evening due to the collision.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins, the crash happened around 5:10 p.m. on the northbound side of I-95, near mile marker 149.
The tire of a 2005 Mercury Marquis blew out, causing the car to strike a 2005 Kia minivan, Collins said. Both vehicles lost control and went into a median.
According to Collins, the minivan struck a tree in the median. He added that the driver and a front-seat passenger were killed as a result of the crash.
Two other passengers in the Kia minivan were transported to a local hospital, Collins said. Additionally, two people in the Marquis were also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
According to Collins, it is believed that all people involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. It remains under investigation by the SCHP and no charges have been filed at this time.