Blown tire leads to fatal accident on I-20

Columbia - The StateJune 15, 2013 

— UPDATE: The teen killed in Saturday's accident has been identified as Matthew Lawrence Johnson, 16, of Columbia, per the Lexington County coroner's office.

A van carrying eight people on I-20 Saturday afternoon blew a tire, ran off the road and overturned several times, killing a child who was a passenger, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the westbound lane near mile marker 38, Trooper Bridget Wyatt said. Lashonda Wood, 39, of Columbia, was driving the 2006 sports utility vehicle when the passenger-side rear tire blew out, sending the SUV off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned several times, Wyatt said.

Seven passengers in the vehicle were taken to Palmetto Health Richland hospital. A child was killed, Wyatt said. No further information was available Saturday evening.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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