Heavy rainfall yesterday and today has covered the highways, making travellers drives much more difficult for everyone; specifically for one SC gentleman who lost his life early this morning due to the down pour.
A 57-year-old was driving on I-77 early this morning around 1:00 a.m. when he was passing a tractor-trailer of the left hand side and hydroplanes. Apparently, the tractor-trailer had swept up a substantial amount of water at the time of passing.
The victim’s vehicle then ran off the road and struck a guardrail multiple times before the car spun into the around in the opposite direction of the northbound lane.
The victim and his wife were startled by the accident, but initially went unharmed. When the victim went back to the car to retrieve his cell phone and a few other items, he was struck by a 2007 International tractor-trailer. This collision pushed the vehicle about 100 yards down the roadway onto the left shoulder, wedged between the guardrail.
Then, the car was struck again by another vehicle, overturning the victim’s car in the ditch, but still leaving part of the car sitting in the northbound lane.
The victim’s car was being driven by his wife, who only suffered minor injuries in the initial accident. She was taken to the nearest hospital, treated, and promptly released. Neither of the drivers involved in the second and third crash were injured.
Sadly, the victim, who was a passenger in his car at the time, was pronounced dead on scene and transported to the Examiner’s Office.
No charges have currently been placed.
If you are involved in a serious tractor-trailer or car accident, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 to weigh out your options.