Driver heading toward Columbia on I-26 ejected from car in deadly crash, SC cops say

One person was killed in a late night crash on a major interstate running through the Midlands, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Sunday.

The single-vehicle collision happened on Interstate 26 at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Master Trooper Brandon Bolt.

A 2014 Kia sedan was driving east on I-26 and ran off the right side of the road near the 72 mile marker, Bolt said. That’s in Newberry County, near the junction with S.C. 121 at Exit 72.

The Kia crashed into the guard rail and veered across I-26 where it ran off the left side of the highway, hitting the cable barrier and flipping over, according to Bolt.

The driver, who was the lone occupant, was ejected and died, Bolt said.

There was no word if the driver wore a seat belt.

The Newberry County Coroner’s Office is expected to publicly identify the driver after notifying the next of kin.

No other injuries were reported.

Information about what caused the Kia run off I-26 was not available, but the crash continues to be investigated by the Highway Patrol.

Through Thursday, 628 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,194 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least five people have died in Newberry County crashes in 2022, DPS reported. Last year, 18 deaths were reported there, according to DPS data.