I-26 back open nearly 15 hours after fatal wreck - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

I-26 back open nearly 15 hours after fatal wreck

Eastbound traffic near the accident scene (Source: Taylor Kearns) Eastbound traffic near the accident scene (Source: Taylor Kearns)
Source: Taylor Kearns Source: Taylor Kearns
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47-year-old Jamie J. Cortinas was killed in the accident. (Source: Facebook) 47-year-old Jamie J. Cortinas was killed in the accident. (Source: Facebook)

CALHOUN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Highway Patrol has opened the westbound lanes of Interstate 26 near mile marker 121 after redirecting traffic for nearly 15 hours.

According to troopers, a multi-vehicle accident happened around 9:00 a.m.  Troopers reopened the westbound lanes around 11:40 p.m. Thursday. Officials spent most of the day investigating the crash, which killed one person and sent 4 to the hospital. 

Troopers say a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan was traveling eastbound alongside a tractor trailer. The vehicles made contact and crossed the median breaking through a cable barrier, according to troopers. Both vehicles collided with a tractor trailer and a white Pontiac G6 sedan. 

Two tractor trailer drivers were transported to the hospital. A third truck was involved, but the driver was unhurt. The minivan driver was also transported. A passenger in the G6 was also transported.

The driver of the white sedan was killed immediately. She has been identified as 47-year-old Jamie J. Cortinas of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Troopers are still trying to figure out what caused initial contact between minivan and first tractor trailer.

All four people transported to the hospital are in stable condition.

In addition to the crash investigation, officials were faced with another challenge.  One of the tractor trailers involved in the wreck was carrying batteries.  Haz-mat crews had to be called in to clean battery fluid off of the interstate.

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