• August 08, 2022

One Killed in Head-On Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-101 in Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg, SC — August 7, 2022, one person died in a wrong-way collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 301 in Orangeburg.

According to reports the incident happened early Sunday morning along US-101 near Carriage Hill Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Taurus was headed north in the southbound highway lane, against traffic, when it collided head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer.

The Ford driver died at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

One Killed in Wrong-Way Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-101 in Orangeburg, SC

Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash on US-101 in Orangeburg

News reports suggest the fatally-injured driver in this accident was traveling the wrong way for unknown reasons. Some may feel that makes this situation pretty open-and-shut, but I often caution against taking preliminary findings as gospel truth. Those first impressions are often correct, but I've also seen plenty of cases where they missed the mark entirely.

Moreover, people don't always realize that much of what police learn about a crash often comes from its surviving participants. In 18-wheeler cases, that overwhelmingly means that the truck driver is the sole surviving witness to what happened. Most give an honest account of what happened to police, but few know that they also get specific directions from their employers about how exactly to frame their statements so their own part is minimized or even erased. Click the link below to learn more about trucking companies' approach to getting off the hook after many accidents.

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