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Empty Gas Tank Contributed to Fatal Accident on I-526 in North Charleston

Posted on May 20, 2011

May 12, 2011 - North Charleston, S.C. - A man has died in an accident on I-526 that occurred sometime in the late night on Wednesday, May 11, or in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 12.

A story from the ABC affiliate WCIV-TV says that the victim was a 37-year-old man who succumbed to "blunt force injuries" sustained when his vehicle was struck by a dump truck on the busy interstate.

North Charleston Police Department representatives have said the accident victim was putting gas into an older Lincoln Continental that was parked on the side of I-526. Though the accident victim had turned on the lights on the car, the driver of the dump truck that struck the passenger vehicle has stated that he wasn't able to see the vehicle or the victim.

The fatal accident took place on I-526 close to International Boulevard. The victim died at the scene of the crash site, which had to be closed for some time as police and accident crews worked to clear the scene and investigate the accident.

Authorities continue to investigate the details of the fatal crash. In the wake of the tragedy, safety officials have urged drivers to use extreme caution when faced with a situation in which your car runs out of fuel.

As a service to the residents of Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, West Ashley, Hanahan, McClellanville, Georgetown, and South Carolina in general, Shelly Leeke Law Firm, LLC will frequently publish news stories about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in South Carolina and can result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • single-car accidents such as SUV rollovers;
  • accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, and/or drunk drivers. 

If you have been named in this blog or you are the victim's family member or friend and would like the blog removed from our website, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly accommodate your request.

Shelly Leeke
South Carolina Injury Lawyer

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