Victim identified in fatal I-26 wreck; Driver, 72, charged in second wreck

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – Authorities have identified a man that died in one accident and have charged a 72-year-old man in another accident that happened on Interstate 26 Tuesday morning.

Authorities say 44-year-old Dante Vann of Summerville died from blunt force trauma to the body. According to the coroner's office, Vann's 2004 Mazda was traveling west on I-26 around 9 am near the 196 mile marker, when it ran off the left side of the road into the median and hit a tree.

Meanwhile, a 72-year-old man will be charged for an accident in the same area that involved five vehicles. Investigators will charge Ernest White with driving too fast for conditions.

In this accident, three vehicles, a 2010 ford expedition, a 2002 Chevy and a tractor trailer were stopped in traffic on I-26 westbound at the 197 mile marker. At that point, investigators say a 2004 Mack tractor trailer traveling westbound sideswiped the two cars and the tractor trailer.

According to the highway patrol, the Mack trailer then ran off the left side of the road and struck several trees in the median. One of those trees fell from the median and struck a 2010 Ford expedition.

The driver of the Chevy and three passengers from the Toyota were transported to Trident Hospital. White was also transported to Trident Hospital and will be charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Earlier in the day, the westbound lanes between mile marker 197 and 199 of I-26 were shut down around 9:30 a.m. as emergency workers cleared the accidents. Traffic was backed up to mile marker 201. The road was reopened just before 2 pm.

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