The accident occurred around 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 19 near the mile marker 137 on the eastbound side of I-26 in Orangeburg County. Authorities believed an Explorer ran off the right side of the road and overturned. Eight people were inside the SUV when the accident took place. Three of the eight passengers were children less than eight years old.
Three people were thrown from the SUV during the accident. The accident killed three people, including the infant, driver, and one passenger. It is unclear whether the three individuals thrown from the vehicles are the same three individuals who suffered fatalities.
The identities of those killed include:
- Tresy Sheron Crowder, 35, of Charlotte, NC
- Sharhonda Turnipseed, 27, of Monroe, NC
- Donte Trevell Turnipseed-Sturdivant, born on June 20, 2012
Authorities are still investigating the accident to determine who the driver was and whether the individuals thrown from the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
Following the accident, eastbound traffic was backed up for seven miles after a tree fell into the roadway. Both lanes were blocked a few miles before the scene.
Seatbelts Save Lives
The July 19th accident serves a reminder to always buckle up. SUV’s like the Ford Explorer involved in the accident are prone to rollovers. In fact, according to statistics, SUV’s are three times more likely to rollover than a sedan. SUVs have a high center of gravity and narrow track width making the automobile unstable and more likely to rollover.
Rollovers can cause passengers, like those involved in the accident, to be thrown from the vehicle with incredible force. Wearing a seat belt can greatly reduce the risk of being ejected from a vehicle in the event of a rollover accident or other type of accident. Always make sure there are enough seat belts in a vehicle for passengers riding in it. It is never safe for infants or children to ride in the laps of adults.
South Carolina Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured resulting from a rollover crash or any other type of automobile accident, call the South Carolina Interstate Accident Lawyers at the Strom Law Firm today. We may be able to help you gain compensation for your injuries. We understand automobile accident injuries can have a serious impact on you or your loved one’s life. The Strom Law Firm proudly represents accident victims in the state of South Carolina. Call us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.