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19-year-old identified as motorcyclist run over by tractor-trailer in deadly I-26 crash

Traffic backs up on I-26 near Broad River road and mile marker 101 because of a collision.
Traffic backs up on I-26 near Broad River road and mile marker 101 because of a collision. Provided by SCDOT

The coroner has identified a motorcyclist killed in a Monday crash with a tractor-trailer that shut down part of Interstate 26.

The deadly crash happened just before noon Monday in the westbound lanes of I-26 near mile marker 101, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

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A TAO motorcycle and a tractor-trailer were both traveling west on I-26 when the motorcyclist tried to change lanes but hit the side of the truck, Jones said. He was ejected from the bike and ended up under the 18-wheeler.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Wednesday identified the motorcyclist as 19-year-old Benito Santiago Alejando, of Sid Sites Road in Irmo. Alejandro died at the scene from massive blunt force injuries, Watts said.

The crash shut down the westbound lanes of I-26 for hours Monday.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.
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