One Killed, Two Injured in Truck Accident on Five Chop Road in Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg, SC — October 5, 2022, one person died and two others were injured when a car and a tractor-trailer crashed on Five Chop Road in Orangeburg.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:40 a.m. along Five Chop Road near Creekmeadow Circle. Preliminary investigation suggests only that an eastbound Lexus on Creekmeadow and a southbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler on Five Chop made contact in or near the roads' intersection.
The Lexus driver was fatally injured in the crash. A passenger in the car and the truck driver were both transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Orangeburg Truck Accident on Five Chop Rd
It's not clear what happened here yet aside from two vehicles "making contact" at an intersection, but I think most people would agree that a tragically-fatal accident like this should be handled by experienced professional investigators. That's not to say that police won't turn up some answers during their own investigation, just that in many cases pinning everything on their report isn't the most prudent course of action.
Between competing priorities, limited resources, and a lack of properly-experienced staff to send everywhere that needs them, local departments can't always take the needed time or care to properly evaluate traffic accidents--even fatal ones. If officers can't give a wreck their undivided attention, crucial details may slip through the cracks; that's obviously a serious problem for victims and families seeking answers or help after their accidents.
Maybe that won't be an issue here and police will get to the bottom of things, but the people affected by this crash deserve to know every effort was made to find the whole story. If police can't promise that, maybe someone else should step in to connect more of the dots.