2 men, 2 women dead after car hits building, catches fire

Source: Mary King
Source: Mary King

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Police said nobody survived after the car they were riding in early Wednesday morning hit a building and burst into flames.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said the accident happened around 5:00 a.m. at 960 George Rogers Blvd. Scott said 4 people were inside the vehicle when it crashed at a high speed into the Farm Bureau Insurance Building. The car caught fire and nobody was able to escape.

"In my law enforcement career, I can tell you this is one of the worst single car accidents I've seen," said Scott.

George Rogers Boulevard from Bluff Road to Rosewood Drive near the state fairgrounds was closed for several hours, but was opened back up to traffic around 10:00 a.m. 

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the collision resulted in the deaths of 2 males and 2 females. Because of a fire that occurred after the collision, further information on the identity of the individuals is being held until positive identification can be made thru X-Rays, DNA, or other methods, Watts said.

Felicia Goodwin heard the accident a street away and got to the scene after the crash and before the fire.

"It really made me feel bad because usually when you go to a wreck, you can reach for the doors," said Goodwin. "There was no door."

Now the process has begun to try and identify the four victims. Once positive identification is made and all families are notified additional information will be released, the coroner said.

The investigation continues by the Richland County Coroner, the Columbia Police Department, the USC Police Department, and the Columbia-Richland Fire Department, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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