ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - All I-26 westbound lanes in Orangeburg County have been reopened following a head-on collision that killed three people and injured two people.
Highway Patrol officials announced the reopening of the lanes at mile marker 154 Monday night.
Authorities had shut down all lanes earlier in the day and re-routed traffic away from the two vehicle accident.
According to Highway Patrol, a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on I-26 when it crossed the median and struck a 2008 Toyota van head on.
The driver of the tractor trailer was wearing a seat belt and transported for injuries.
SCHP officials say three people inside the van died, and a fourth passenger was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. According to Highway Patrol, one of the injured victims is a child.
Officials with SCHP and its MAIT team are investigating the crash.
Motorists reported heavy back up in the area as emergency crews responded to the area.