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Two killed in crash on highway running through Richland County, SC Highway Patrol 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.

Two people were killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash on a stretch of a major highway running through Richland County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The deadly wreck occurred on Interstate 77, near the 5-mile marker, Trooper David Jones said in a tweet. That’s close to the Bluff Road Exit.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m., Jones said in an interview with The State.

Both of the occupants who died in the crash were entrapped in the vehicle, according to Jones.

Following the collision and “vehicle fire,” two of the three northbound lanes on I-77 were closed, according to a tweet from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Just before 4 p.m., Jones tweeted that only one lane was being blocked by emergency personnel, but traffic was moving slowly.

Jones told The State that the crash should not have an impact on drivers who will be making the evening commute.

There is no word what caused the wreck, and the Richland County Coroner’s Office will release the identities of the crash victims after notifying their families.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.



Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.


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