Highway crashes kill at least 4 in a week in Orangeburg County

South Carolina Highway Patrol
South Carolina Highway Patrol(WRDW)
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 2:03 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 5:43 PM EDT
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ORANGEBURG, S.C.. (WRDW/WAGT) - At least four people have died in traffic accidents in the past week in Orangeburg County, according to authorities.

The latest fatal crash happened just before 5:45 a.m. Wednesday on U.S 321 just south of Woodford, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A 2009 Lexus sedan was traveling south on the highway when it collided with a tractor-trailer entering the highway from Arts Lane, according to the patrol.

The driver of the big-rig was not hurt, but the driver of the sedan died at the scene, according to troopers.

That crash happened less than 12 hours after a single-vehicle accident killed one person on U.S. Highway 176 just west of Holly Hill.

Authorities say there was only one person in the car.

Troopers said the victim was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry west on the highway and was passing another vehicle when it struck a guardrail and then a utility pole at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified.

Earlier deadly crashes

  • A 2017 Ford Fiesta was traveling north on Highway 601, five miles north of Orangeburg, when it crossed the center of the road, struck a tree and rolled over just after 5 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the person who died, a 23-year-old male in the vehicle who was injured and taken to the hospital.
  • One person died a few days after a single-vehicle accident that happened around 7:35 a.m. last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 301 about three miles north of Orangeburg. The car, a 2008 Pontiac, was going south on U.S. 301 when the vehicle crossed the median and over turned in a ditch. The driver was taken to a local hospital, while the other four occupants were transported to several different hospitals. One of those people died.