CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials say a 25-year-old Asheville woman died in Monday's five-vehicle wreck on Interstate 26 in North Charleston.
Rachel Silver died as a result of injuries she suffered in the wreck, the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed Tuesday.
The wreck happened shortly before 2 p.m. Monday near mile 210 on I-26 eastbound, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Silver was behind a Freightliner semi truck, and was being followed by two people in a GMC pickup and a Volvo semi truck, a highway patrol representative said.
State troopers say the driver of the Freightliner, Silver in her Audi SUV, and the driver of the GMC pickup all slowed down for congestion on the interstate, but the driver of the Volvo 18-wheeler was unable to slow down.
The Volvo semi hit the back of the GMC, causing a chain reaction wreck, after which Silver's SUV and the Volvo truck caught fire, the highway patrol said.
SCHP says the truck driver was able to escape their vehicle, but Silver was not. She died at the scene.
Two people inside the GMC truck were hospitalized for injuries suffered in the wreck, state troopers say.
The highway patrol says a fifth vehicle, a disabled BMW car legally parked in the emergency lane, also sustained damage in the wreck, but its occupants were not injured.
I-26 eastbound was completely shut down in the area of the wreck for four hours, and did not fully reopen until after 8 p.m.
The wreck remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.