COLUMBIA, S.C. — The person killed in a fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle on Interstate 26 north of Columbia earlier this week has been identified.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 19-year-old Benito Santiago Alejandro of Irmo, the rider on the motorcycle, died at the scene.
The accident happened Monday on I-26 west near the Broad River Road exit (mile marker 101) at 12 p.m. Troopers say Alejandro and the 18-wheeler were both going west when Alejandro tried to pass the truck. However, the motorcycle struck the tractor trailer, and the collision threw Alejandro from his bike. He was then struck by the 18-wheeler.
The collision remains under investigation.
The roadway was blocked for over two hours while emergency crews responded to the accident.