Mistakes while driving on a highway can be very costly. Drivers can be seriously hurt or even killed if they lose control of their vehicle on an interstate. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the area of Interstate Highway 20 westbound near mile marker 72 to tend to a fatal accident. 

Highway patrol finds one victim dead from highway accident

Police believe that a 2002 Toyota sedan was merging onto Interstate 20 westbound from the exit 72 area. At some point, the driver lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. The Toyota then spun out, went into a guard rail, and finally went underneath a tractor trailer truck. The car and the rear part of the truck both caught on fire after the impact. A large number of small plastic pellets that were being carried by the truck for recycling spilled all over the highway due to the accident. 

One 64 year old male victim from Columbia in the Toyota was confirmed dead after the collision. His cause of death was listed by the local coroner as blunt force trauma to the head and chest area. The truck driver appeared to be shaken by the incident, but was not harmed. 

Police did not expect to issue any traffic citations or make an arrest based on the information they have about the accident. Interstate 20 westbound remained closed down for several miles after the exit 71 area while rescue crews worked in the area and cleaned the debris. A tow truck was called to the scene as well to remove the vehicles from the road. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed that they would be handling a full investigation related to the crash.  

Fatal accidents and civil lawsuits

Regardless of whether the person responsible for the death is charged criminally or not, a victim’s family should get legal assistance for the purpose of filing a wrongful death case against the driver at fault. This is the best way to get assistance for funeral and burial expenses, along with damages related to the victim’s lost income and emotional pain and suffering. Each state has a slightly different wrongful death law, so it is important to only speak with a local attorney in the Columbia, South Carolina area about the specifics of your case. Wrongful death lawsuits also tend to have a short statute of limitations lasting between one and three years, so it is best to start the process as soon as possible after a fatal collision. 

Get assistance from an accident attorney

There are personal injury lawyers in Columbia who help local South Carolina residents get payments for their medical bills and injuries. To learn more, contact: 

Louthian Law Firm, P.A.

1116 Blanding St., #3A, Columbia, SC 29201


[email protected]


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