Two killed on Lake Marion Bridge crash

South Carolina (August 4, 2011)  The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a multiple vehicle accident that has killed two people.  The fatal accident happened shortly after noon on the Lake Marion Bridge on I-95 in the northbound lanes.

Interstate 95 was shut down in both directions for an hour as Police and EMS responded to the wreck.  A medical helicopter was on the scene as several people were injured.  The northbound lanes were closed for about 4 hours as South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the cause of the accident and crews worked to clean up the debris.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, Johnnie Ray Cooper and Jimmy L. Ready Sr., the occupants in a 2010 Chevrolet Impala, were killed in a chain reaction crash.

The Impala had slowed down for traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 when they were rear-ended by a 2006 Dodge truck, driven by Craig Sairchok.  The Impala was forced into the rear of 2007 Honda, driven by Denise Pestaro.  Craig Sairchok was injured and transported to the Regional Medical Center, two passengers in the Dodge were wearing seatbelts and not injured.   Denise Pestaro and her four passengers were also wearing seat belts and were not injured.

One Thought on “Two killed on Lake Marion Bridge crash

  1. Linda Meltzer on August 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm said:

    My family and I were vacationing on our boat just below when the accident happened, where I immediately called 911. The sights and sounds were horrible. With the narrow bridge and the low rails, we were fearful that vehicles could possibly roll into the water but very grateful that the oncoming traffic was able to stop as quickly as it did. We knew there had to be injuries. Three of our family are in the medical field but were helpless to assist from the water below.
    The emergency teams that day need to be praised for their rescue efforts and dedication. They did a tremendous job.
    My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Cooper and Mr. Ready and their families.
    Life is precious. We must treat every new day as a gift.

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