Tractor Trailer Crashes Kill Five in South Carolina and Indiana

Tractor trailer accidents in South Carolina and Indiana killed five people in two days.Two tractor trailer accidents claimed the lives of five people in South Carolina and Indiana over the course of two days.

In South Carolina, three people were killed on July 30 when a big rig lost control on Interstate 85 southbound around 11:23 a.m. in Anderson County.

Police told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that it appears as if the driver of the 18-wheeler, 69-year-old Eddie Wyatt of Georgia, fell asleep or had a medical emergency which caused the truck to swerve out of control, striking another truck and a sports utility vehicle.

According to the news agency, the big rig dragged the truck and the SUV through a metal barrier and then hit another tractor trailer that was traveling on the northbound side of the highway.

Wyatt, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was thrown from his semi and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, 33-year-old Jeremy Scott, died from blunt-force trauma to his head and body. The 39-year-old driver of the second tractor trailer was also killed in the collision.

The occupants of the SUV were reportedly flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital where they were expected to recover from their injuries.

In Indiana, two people died in a crash involving a big rig in Spenser County.

The Jasper Post reports that the accident occurred just before 1 p.m. on July 29 when the driver of a pickup truck failed to yield the right-of-way to a tractor trailer at the intersection of US 231 and Route 62 in Dale.

State police said the 79-year-old driver of the pickup and a 29-year-old passenger were killed as the result of the wreck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 64 people over the age of 74 died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Indiana in 2009.