Fatal car-motorcyle collision early Thursday

A traffic accident involving a van and a tractor-trailer in the westbound lane of Interstate 26 took the life of a 21-year-old Leesville man on Friday.

Dakota Linton, 21, died at the scene of the crash near mile marker 56 between the Highway 72 (Clinton) and Highway 66 (Joanna) exits. Laurens County Deputy Coroner Rodney Hartsell said that Linton died at 1:32 p.m. due to multiple blunt-force trauma.

According to S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Tidwell, the deceased was driving a silver 2000 Dodge Caravan and was wearing seatbelts. The van skidded under the rear of the trailer of a rig driven by a West Haven, Conn., driver.