Four victims were tragically killed in a single-car crash on James Island, South Carolina, after their vehicle rammed into a tree locally known as the “widowmaker.”
Charleston Police said that the crash occurred at 1:23 p.m. when a 2010 Cadillac SUV traveling South on Rivderland Drive went off-road and collided with the large oak.
None of the four passengers wore a seatbelt leading to them being ejected from the impact.
“At this time, there is no indication that any other vehicles were involved in the collision,” police said in a statement.
The SUV driver was not ejected from the vehicle and survived the crash. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina.
“The positioning of the tree so close to the road, the lack of artificial light, and the lull of open and unwavering asphalt leading up to the tree, result in reports of rather regular collisions,” a local said on Reddit before Saturday’s crash.