Authorities are investigating an accident that injured nine people on Interstate 95 near Walterboro around midnight Saturday.
South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers say two cars collided near mile marker 55 northbound. Those cars then veered into the path of an 18-wheeler, causing the truck driver to run off the road. The semi crashed into several trees, before flipping over and bursting into flames.
The truck driver was able to escape injury. Nine other people were injured in the accident, but not seriously. Eight of them went to a nearby hospital. The refrigerated trailer of the semi broke apart, spilling fresh vegetable along the roadside. Charleston TV station WCSC reported the northbound lanes were closed for about three hours for cleanup.
The Highway Patrol is investigating to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.