A teenager from Savannah died after a work van struck the back of a tractor-trailer early Saturday morning on a highway in Beaufort, officials say.
Marvin Alvarado-Gonzalez, 17, died at the scene, Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott said Tuesday morning. Two other people were transported to a hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.
The collision occurred at 7:20 a.m. on Robert Smalls Parkway near Burton Hill Road, about 2 miles from Boundary Street.
The engine compartment and front passenger area was lodged beneath the semi-truck and had caught fire, according to a City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal Fire Department release. The release said a number of work tools and equipment inside the van flew forward at the moment of impact and covered the victims, trapping them.
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Firefighters cut away part of the van and removed the three victims, the release said.
An investigation into the crash is continuing.