Quantcast

Coroner identifies trucker killed in I-26 crash - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Coroner identifies trucker killed in I-26 crash

Crews pull out what's left a tractor trailer's cab following an accident in the area of exit 199 on I-26. Crews pull out what's left a tractor trailer's cab following an accident in the area of exit 199 on I-26.
Car on fire at mile marker 210. Car on fire at mile marker 210.
Accident scene at exit 199 where one person died following a semi truck accident.(Photo: David Cantrell) Accident scene at exit 199 where one person died following a semi truck accident.(Photo: David Cantrell)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

It was a tough afternoon Thursday for many commuters heading home westbound on I-26 Thursday following a series of wrecks, including one which claimed a life.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person died in a tractor trailer accident in the area of exit 199 in Berkeley County.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office says around 4:30 p.m., the truck was traveling east on I-26 near mile marker 198 when it ran off the left side of the roadway and hit several trees.

Clyde Bennett, 52, of Augusta Ga. was pronounced dead on the scene by Coroner Bill Salisbury. The accident is being investigated by the coroner's office, highway patrol, and the State Transport Police.

According to the coroner, the death has been ruled accidental with the cause of death as head and body trauma. Salisbury said that Bennett was wearing his seatbelt.

Another accident involved five cars in the area of mile marker 210 on I-26. Authorities had shut down all westbound lanes in the area after one of the cars caught fire.

Copyright 2012 WCSC. All rights reserved.

SLIDESHOW: Thursday afternoon wrecks snarl traffic along I-26

PHOTO SLIDESHOWClick here to view more photos. More>>

Powered by Frankly