According to the Post and Courier, five people were injured yesterday when a tractor trailer driving too fast for conditions swerved to the right in the construction area near the Remount Road interchange to avoid hitting another vehicle. The 18 wheeler, still unable to stop, started a chain reaction that resulted in the trailer jackknifing and five people being sent to the hospital.
The tractor-trailer, driven by William Amaker, struck a 2003 Ford sport utility vehicle, jack-knifed and landed on its side. The tractor-trailer then slid down the roadway and into a disabled 1996 Mercedes that was parked off the roadway with a flat tire.
The driver of the Mercedes, a 65-year-old woman, was outside of her car when the tractor-trailer slid into it. Two passengers were inside of the Mercedes at the time of the accident.
The driver and both passengers were taken by Charleston County EMS to Medical University Hospital. One of the passengers had serious injuries and was in the intensive care unit, he said.
The drive of the 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer, William Amaker, was charged with driving too fast for conditions.
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