COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - One person was seriously injured during a wreck on Interstate 95 involving three tractor-trailers over the weekend in Colleton County, authorities say.
According to Colleton County Fire & Rescue, the collision happened on I-95 at the Lowcountry Highway overpass early Saturday at 12:03 a.m.
Officials said traffic had begun to back up in the area after an earlier accident up the road. One 18-wheeler stopped near the overpass, when a second tractor-trailer's wheels locked up and the driver swerved to the left to avoid striking the stopped truck.
The trucker slid to a position on the left shoulder while a third truck, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of the trailer on the first 18-wheeler, causing heavy damage to both vehicles, officials said.
The passenger side of the third 18-wheeler was completely destroyed, and that truck continued until is struck the trailer of the second truck.
Both fuel tanks punctured, spilling roughly 150 gallons of diesel fuel on the highway and into the median, officials said.
Rescue crews said the driver of the third truck was easily pulled from the wreckage of his cab and found to be bleeding profusely, as well as suffering other injuries. He was airlifted to Medical University of South Carolina.
His condition is unknown at this time.
Officials said southbound lanes of I-95 were closed for about three hours as damaged trucks were removed from the scene and diesel fuel was cleaned up.
South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.