1 dead, 1 arrested in early morning crash that shut down highway


COLUMBIA (WACH) --The driver involved in an early morning crash that resulted in the death of one person and shut down I-20 westbound has been arrested.

South Carolina Highway Patrol says Perez Brooks is facing a Felony DUI charge.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Lamont Hampton, 52, of W. Killian Station Court of Coumbia, SC was the driver and only occupant of his vehicle when it was struck from behind and knocked off the roadway into a tree.

The collision happened around 6:50AM.

Hampton died at the scene.

I-20 westbound has since reopened after the fatal accident shutdown the interstate.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT Team is investigating what caused the deadly crash.