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Columbia man killed when tractor-trailer runs off I-26, crashes into his pickup, coroner says

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More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.

A Columbia man was killed when a tractor-trailer careened off Interstate 26 and through a fence, hitting his pickup head on before crashing into vehicles at a car dealership, according to troopers and the coroner.

The deadly crash happened just after 7 p.m. Monday on Fernandina Road, which runs parallel to Interstate 26, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A tractor-trailer was traveling west on I-26 when the truck went off the right side of the interstate, crashing through a fence before hitting a GMC pickup head-on, Jones said. The tractor-trailer continued off the right side of Fernandina Road and into the parking lot of Dick Smith Nissan, where it hit several parked vehicles.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the driver of the pickup as 51-year-old Calvin Ray Casson, of Columbia. Casson was wearing a seat belt when the crash happened, Fisher said.

There was no word Tuesday morning on what caused the tractor-trailer to exit the interstate.

Jones said the driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. His identity was released; however, there was no word on charges Tuesday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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