SCHP: One dead following I-26 accident in Berkeley County

SCHP: One dead following I-26 accident in Berkeley County

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Emergency officials say one person died following an accident on I-26 in Berkeley County Thursday afternoon.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 1:37 p.m. one mile west of Exit 187 to Ridgeville.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office says 20-year-old Daniel Meza Lira of Saluda died from the accident.

Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver says Lira was traveling east on I-26 near mile marker 189 when he lost control of his pick up truck, crossed over into another lane and struck another vehicle; SCHP authorities say the other vehicle involved was an 18-wheeler.

The pick up then continued off the right side of the road and struck several trees.

The coroner's office has ruled his death as accidental. Authorities say Lira was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained no injuries.

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