ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina troopers say five people inside a SUV have died after their vehicle crossed an interstate median and hit two tractor trailers. Two people in the SUV survived the wreck, but their conditions were not released. Troopers said the 2001 Chevrolet was heading east on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg when the driver lost control around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the SUV went through a cable median barrier and into the westbound lanes, hitting two 18-wheelers. Both truck drivers were not injured. A special team of state troopers is investigating to determine what caused the SUV to lose control and cross the median
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina officials said the recovery of jobs they hoped for after reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown has not materialized. Nearly 17,000 people filed unemployment claims for the week ending June 27 in South Carolina, basically unchanged from the week before. That number is still higher than any other week before the pandemic in the past decade. The state Department of Employment and Workforce says since the pandemic began 15 weeks ago, about 636,000 people have filed jobless claims. After massive losses in restaurant, hotel and other hospitality jobs, unemployment is spreading into manufacturing, health care and professional services.
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) – Officials have identified a military pilot killed when his fighter jet crashed during a training routine at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan said the pilot was 1st Lt. David Schmitz from the 77th Fighter Squadron. The crash happened on the military base around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sullivan said Schmitz was performing a routine training mission in a F-16CM Fighting Falcon when the jet crashed. Schmitz was the only person on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Sullivan said Schmitz loved his family, his country and flying.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina’s capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus. Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin says he and Buttigieg have been co-chairing the Pandemic Resilience Working Group for America’s Mayors. The group is organized by the COVID-19 Study Group at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Benjamin says his effort with Buttigieg has focused on providing accessible guidance to policymakers and the public on how to target and suppress the spread of COVID-19, including a color-coded risk level map.