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Truck driver killed after hitting I-26 bridge column, SC troopers say

Damaged bridge over I-26 in Orangeburg is demolished

SCDOT contractor United Demolition worked through the night Friday to begin demolition of a bridge that was damaged earlier in the day by an accident.
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SCDOT contractor United Demolition worked through the night Friday to begin demolition of a bridge that was damaged earlier in the day by an accident.

A truck driver was killed after hitting a bridge column on Interstate 26 early Tuesday, according to troopers.

The deadly crash happened around 4 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-26 near mile marker 151 in Orangeburg County, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A 2007 Freightliner truck was traveling east when the truck went off the right side of the road and hit a bridge column, Jones said. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene.

The driver’s identity will be released by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office after the next of kin is notified.

Details about the extent of damage to the bridge were not immediately available.

The crash snarled eastbound traffic on I-26 Tuesday morning. Jones said around 9 a.m. on Twitter that one eastbound lane was open.

A similar crash just a few miles away on I-26 killed a truck driver in March. The damage to the bridge forced state crews to demolish the bridge, The State reported at the time.

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