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Motorcycle rider killed in head-on crash with 18-wheeler on Lake Murray Dam, coroner says

Lake Murray Dam is closed to traffic following a fatal crash.
Lake Murray Dam is closed to traffic following a fatal crash. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A fatal crash closed down traffic going over Lake Murray Dam on Monday night, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A Midlands man riding a motorcycle was killed after a head-on crash with a tractor trailer, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office said.

The collision occurred just after 8:30 p.m., Trooper Tyler Tidwell said in an interview with The State.

John William Bafford III was heading west on SC-6 when his motorcycle crossed the center line and collided head-on with the 18-wheeler heading in the opposite direction, coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release.

The 32-year-old Gilbert resident was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene of the wreck from his injuries, according to the news release.

The truck driver was hurt in the crash and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Fisher said.

The wreck blocked all traffic heading from Irmo into Lexington, according to Tidwell.

Drivers were asked to find alternate routes of travel, as the Highway Patrol worked to investigate the crash and clear the road, officials tweeted.

Information on how long it would take to reopen SC-6 was not available.

The crash is being investigated by Highway Patrol.

This was the second deadly collision involving a motorcycle and tractor trailer on Midlands’ roads Monday. One person was killed after a wreck around noon on Interstate 26 near mile marker 101 close to Broad River Road, The State reported.

Check back for updates, this is a developing story.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.