Columbia Man Killed in I-77 Crash

BLYTHEWOOD (Jan. 18, 2017) – A Columbia man was killed Monday after the 1998 Ford Expedition he was driving struck a tractor trailer at mile marker 28 on I-77, just north of Blythewood.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Barrett Keith Scott, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday night. An autopsy conducted Tuesday indicated Scott died from multiple blunt trauma injuries.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Scott was traveling northbound on I-77 at approximately 9:20 p.m. when his Expedition struck the rear of a 2006 Freightliner that was also traveling north. Scott’s Expedition then overturned several times in the roadway. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, the Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the tractor trailer, the Highway Patrol said, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.