SC Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place at mile marker 170 and a South Carolina rest stop along I-95 and happened at 11:45 PM.
Some investigation has shown that the multi-vehicle pileup was started when a van carrying 10 people and driven by a 50-year-old man from Washington, D.C., collided with an empty log truck driven by a 39-year old man.
One other serious injury from the crash was also reported: a person driving a 2008 Toyota van was airlifted to a Wilmington, North Carolina hospital for treatment and remains there presently.
Florence County has seen two multiple fatality crashes in the last two months, South Carolina Highway Patrolmen reported.
The first of the serious accidents occurred on June 14, when a drunk driver plowed into the back of a 1980 Chevrolet with his Volvo. The Cevrolet was carrying five passengers. Two children, Jamahl Robinson, 4, and Shajaisia Robinson, 9, died as a result of their serious injuries as well as Armenis Cato, Jr., 55. Two other occupants of the car, including the children's mother, were treated for their injuries at a local hospital.
The driver of the Volvo, a 31-year-old Florence man by the name of Phillip Ronald Marshall, has been charged with five counts of felony for driving under the influence due to the car crash he caused, according to Florence County Detention Center booking reports. Although Marshall was being help in an Effingham jail, he was release on June 26 after posting bail for $65,000 and expressing remorse to a judge at the bond meeting.
According to WPDE News Channel 15 out of South Carolina, Bernadette Robinson, the woman who lost her two children and her boyfriend in the crash, asked the judge to deny bail. Everyone in the courtroom was emotional, including the families of the victims and the family of the man accused.
Police are not yet releasing the blood alcohol level of Marshall.
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