Driver killed in crash in Richland County, SC on I-77: Police

One person was killed Thursday morning when a car traveling the wrong way on a Columbia highway collided with a tractor, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The two-vehicle collision occurred at about 2:40 a.m. on Interstate 77 in Richland County, said Lance Cpl. Brittany Glover.

A 2002 Mazda was traveling south on the northbound side of I-77, Glover said. Near the 12 mile marker, Glover said the car struck a 1997 Freightliner tractor-trailer heading north.

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The Mazda driver died at the scene, Glover said.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office has not publicly identified the Mazda driver.

Glover said the driver of the tractor trailer was not injured and no other injuries were reported.

It was not stated whether any of the drivers were wearing seat belts.

Information about what caused the Mazda to drive into oncoming traffic was not available, but the crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Through Sunday, 386 people had died on South Carolina roadways in 2024, according to the Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,030 people died in accidents in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least 19 people have died in crashes in Richland County in 2024, according to DPS data. There were 61 deaths reported in the county in 2023, DPS said.


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