North Charleston resident identified in fatal I-20 accident

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Jose Hector Gonzales-Hernandez, 31, of North Charleston S.C., was pronounced dead at the scene of a three vehicle collision on Interstate 20 near mile marker 6.

According to a statement released by the Aiken County coroner, Mr. Hernandez was the driver of a 1998 International refrigerated box truck carrying produce. He was traveling eastbound toward Columbia when the vehicle crossed into the median, bounding the retainer wires and was struck by a westbound 1998 Peterbilt tractor trailor driven by Sylvester Taylor.

According to the coroner, the collision completely dislodged the front end of Mr. Hernandez's vehicle. An eastbound Nissan SUV, driven by Brad Pritchett of Graniteville also entered the median and overturned after being stopped by the retaining wires. It is not not clear at this time what the sequence of events were.

The surviving drivers in this crash were transported to Medical College of Georgia with non-life threatening injuries.

I-20 was shut down for everal hours because of the crash, authorities said.

Mr. Hernandez is the 27th traffic fatality in Aiken County this year.

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Boston93
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Boston93 10/09/08 - 12:03 pm
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To those earlier in the week

To those earlier in the week that scolded SC Highway Patrol for wanting to issue citations for money, I would think that if a citation might have prevented this accident, wouldn't that be great ? God Bless all those involved and condolences to all.

Frank
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Frank 10/09/08 - 12:16 pm
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Actually, I believe this

Actually, I believe this incident was weather related, there were very strong winds in the area at the time of the incident that likely blew the box truck into the median.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 10/09/08 - 12:19 pm
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Someone scolded the SC State

Someone scolded the SC State Patrol for wanting to issue citations for money?
It seems that would only be an issue with those inclined to violate traffic laws.
Boston93 I think it has been proven that citations(enforcement) regardless the reason, eventually results in fewer violations.
Yes hopefully this type of tragic accident can be prevented in the future whether through enforcement or other means.

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batcat 10/09/08 - 01:36 pm
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I saw the aftermath of the

I saw the aftermath of the accident. The box truck was totally OBLITERATED by the tractor trailer truck! God rest your soul Mr. Hernandez I hope you didn't suffer. I won't forget what I saw it was horrible!

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corgimom 10/09/08 - 01:57 pm
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"Bounding" the wires? The

"Bounding" the wires? The sentence starts out past tense, switches to present tense, then switches back to past tense? Don't they have copy editors at the AC?

batcat
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batcat 10/09/08 - 06:33 pm
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These bozos here at AC never

These bozos here at AC never get it right. Someone has lost their life and they cannot even describe the details correctly. Better be careful of what you criticize them on or you will be banned. I had that problem several months ago. That's OK though the "thought police" in the media will never win neither will the "one" called OBAMA. You can always register again under another display name. HAHAHAHAHA AC!

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