Woman ID’d in fatal I-26 crash in Laurens Co.

LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Troopers are investigating a crash that claimed one life and sent a juvenile to the hospital.

The S.C. Highway Patrol says the wreck happened on Interstate 26 Tuesday night.

Troopers say the driver of an SUV struck the rear of a tractor trailer at mile marker 61.

One passenger in the SUV died at the scene of the accident. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Margaret Brookins, 46, of Sumter.

Brookins died around 11:53 p.m. Tuesday from blunt force trauma suffered in the crash, according to the coroner’s office.

A juvenile in the backseat of the SUV was also hurt. Authorities say the juvenile was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The driver of the SUV, a Sumter man, was also hurt. Troopers say neither the driver nor the passengers were wearing seat belts.

Their conditions were not immediately available.

The tractor trailer driver was not hurt in the crash, troopers say.

The wreck remains under investigation.