5 West Virginians killed in South Carolina crash

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina coroner has identified the five people killed in a crash on Interstate 26 Thursday, all were from West Virginia.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said an SUV with a driver and six passengers crossed the median at around 12:30 p.m. near Orangeburg. The SUV went through the median cable and slammed into two tractor trailers. Five of the seven people in the SUV died on impact.

According to the Times and Democrat newspaper, the victims were identified Friday as Justin Cooper, 39, and Michael Russell, 67, both of Calvin, Nicholas County. Also killed were Andrew Morris, 37, Jasmine Morris, 25, and Gracie Taylor, 7, all of Erbacon, Webster County.

The SUV was traveling east. The collision took place in the westbound lanes.

There was no immediate word on the conditions of the two SUV survivors. Neither truck driver was hurt.

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