An 18-wheeler tore through an S.C. 5 bridge guard rail and plummeted to the ground Monday afternoon, leaving the driver with serious injuries, authorities said.
The crash happened around 2:10 p.m. about 10 miles outside Rock Hill near the Catawba River, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Gaskin said 46-year-old Marcus Pinson of Clover was heading east in a Ford pickup and pulling a utility trailer when one of the trailer's tires blew.
The trailer then veered across the center line, striking the left front tire of an oncoming tractor trailer, Gaskin said.
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The tractor trailer's driver, 53-year-old Ernest McInnis Jr. of Gastonia, N.C., lost control and the 18-wheeler tumbled off the bridge.
McInnis was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was in serious condition Monday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Pinson was not injured in the crash.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Gaskin said no one would be charged in the crash because it was caused by a blown tire.