October 20, 2021

Maine boy hit by tractor-trailers after falling from pickup camper

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An 11-year-old boy from Maine was killed Wednesday when he fell from a pickup camper onto Interstate 95 and was hit by two tractor-trailer rigs.

Charles A. Swartz of Springvale, Maine, fell onto the road from the truck driven by his father, Charles P. Swartz, said Dorchester County Coroner Jeff Rogers.

Rogers said the boy apparently had been sleeping in the camper when the door came loose. The boy probably was trying to secure the door when he fell out about 12:05 a.m. onto the right southbound lane of the interstate.

The driver of a tractor-trailer saw the boy on his hands and knees in the road, and tried to avoid hitting him but could not, Rogers said. That truck knocked the boy into the next lane, where a second 18-wheeler hit him again.

The boy, who had no identification, was not reported missing by his father until 3 a.m. Swartz discovered his son was missing after he stopped at a welcome center near Savannah, Ga.

Authorities there contacted South Carolina officials, who later notified Swartz of his son’s death, Rogers said.

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