Driver dies in crash on I-20 in Columbia, SC: Highway Patrol

One person was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in Richland County when a car traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 20 crashed into oncoming traffic, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol .

The two-vehicle collision happened around 6:35 p.m. on a stretch of I-20 near exit 65 in Columbia, Trooper Nick Pye said. This is the exit for US 176/Broad River Road, just a few miles from the Lexington County line and the area called Malfunction Junction.

A 2020 Nissan sedan was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-20 when it struck an eastbound 2021 Toyota sedan, according to Pye.

The Toyota driver was killed, Pye said. It is not known whether the driver died at the scene or was transported to an area hospital.

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

A passenger from the Toyota and the person driving the Nissan were taken to an area hospital, Pye said. Further information on their conditions was not available.

It was not immediately known if any of the occupants involved in the wreckage were wearing a seat belt.

No information on why the Nissan was driving the wrong way on I-20 in oncoming traffic was available, but the crash is still being investigated by Highway Patrol.

It is unclear whether the driver of the Nissan will face criminal charges.

As of Thursday, 310 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,192 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least 21 people were killed in Richland County crashes in 2022, according to the DPS. There were 73 deaths there last year, according to DPS data.


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