Second Person Dead in 18-Wheeler Crash Near Conway, S.C.

New reports indicate that a second person has died as a result of a tractor-trailer accident in Horry County, near Conway.

18-Wheeler Driver Cited for Failure to Yield

The driver of a pickup that crashed into an 18-wheeler Tuesday morning has died from injuries he sustained in the accident.

According to WMBF News, 31-year-old Joshua Bear died Wednesday from mass trauma he suffered after the 1995 Nissan Pickup he was driving struck the side of a trailer being hauled by a 2006 Sterling Tractor.

Bear’s is the second death to result from collision. His passenger, Chris Anthony Blair, 28, died at the scene of the accident from blunt force trauma.

Authorities say the collision occurred when the 18-wheeler attempted to back across Dongola Highway into a private driveway. The driver of the 18-wheeler has been cited with failure to yield.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA):

  • 438,000 trucking accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, resulting in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.
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