Richland coroner identifies motorcyclist who died in accident with semi trailer

A Harley-Davidson rider who was killed after a collision with a semi-truck trailer has been identified by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

Richland Coroner Gary Watts identified 49-year-old Jack C. Greene of Harbor Vista Drive in Columbia.

The wreck happened about 1 a.m. Saturday morning on I-277 near Parklane Road and the interchange of I-20, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Greene was riding his 2019 Harley-Davidson in the northbound lane of I-277, Trooper Matthew Southern reported.

A semi-truck was driving on a roadway that connects I-20 to I-277 north. When the semi got onto 277, the trailer detached and blocked both lanes, Southern said. Greene hit the trailer and suffered fatal injuries.

Greene was wearing a helmet and died at the scene from blood loss due to a traumatic injury to his right leg, according to Watts.

The Highway Patrol and coroner’s office are continuing the investigation.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.