RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - At 9pm tonight, details of an accident that killed a Columbia firefighter and seriously injured another will be released in a news conference. Traffic on I-20 east and west bound is now moving after multiple accidents shut down the highway early Saturday afternoon.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports one of those crashes involved two Columbia Firefighters. Troopers say the firefighters were called to a brush fire in a median at 81 mile-marker around 2 PM Saturday afternoon. The fire truck stopped on the inside lane. Investigators say an Impala started to slow down as it approached the fire truck, when a van then struck the Impala. Troopers say one of the vehicles then went into the median and hit 2 firefighters. It's not clear which vehicle hit the firefighters.
The condition of the second injured firefighter is not known right now.
Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins did tell WIS he is at the hospital gathering information, but declined further comment, saying he didn't want to talk about it.
About 7:15 Saturday night, Jenkins said in a released statement, the Highway Patrol was investigating the incident and both firefighters were at an area hospital but released no other details.