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Truck driver dies after burning vehicle blocks traffic for hours on I-26, SC officials say

A vehicle fire is blocking several lanes on a major highway running through the Midalnds.
A vehicle fire is blocking several lanes on a major highway running through the Midalnds.

A burning vehicle from a fatal collision blocked traffic on a major Midlands highway during the Monday morning commute.

Drivers on Interstate 26 were stuck in a traffic snarl because of the vehicle on fire, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, or SCDOT.

It was a commercial vehicle that was on fire, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny Collins.

Trooper First Class Tyler Tidwell said the driver of the tractor trailer was killed after colliding with a 2010 Jeep.

The crash occurred at 4:45 a.m., according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

All southbound lanes of I-26 at Exit 169 were blocked by the burning vehicle. That is the junction with I-95 in Orangeburg County.

Additionally, only one northbound lane on I-26 was open to traffic because of the wreck, per SCDOT.

The truck driver died at the scene of the crash, Tidwell said. The driver of the Jeep was injured and taken to an area hospital, Highway Patrol reported.

Information on the Jeep driver’s condition was not available.

Around 2:40 p.m., SCHP Trooper Tyler tweeted that all lanes of I-26 at the 169 mile marker were open.

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