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Coroner identifies victim in I-20 crash in Lexington County

Troopers say a tractor trailer struck the Cedarcrest Drive overpass in Lexington County and caught fire.

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — A section of I-20 in Lexington County is now back open after being closed for several hours due to a  fatal accident in which a tractor trailer struck an overpass, according the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. on I-20 West near mile marker 56 in Lexington County. Troopers say when a tractor trailer ran off the road, striking a bridge support for the overpass for Cedarcrest Drive. The truck driver was killed. 

On Sunday evening, police advised drivers who use Cedarcrest Drive on their morning commute to use a different route Monday morning due to damage the overpass sustained in the accident. 

Monday afternoon, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the truck driver as Benjamin Edward Parker, 44, of Douglasville, Georgia.

A GoFundMe page set up by a friend of the family says he was a husband and father of a young daughter. 

Credit: GoFundMe
Ben Parker

Parker was the only occupant of the vehicle, and he was wearing a seat belt when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.    


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