Several Injured, 1 Wanted After Columbia Crash

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 22:08:58-04

A crash involving five vehicles left multiple victims injured and one man wanted.

The wreck happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 412 — also known as Hampshire Pike — near Zion Road in Columbia.

Reports stated a vehicle slowed down to turn left. A second vehicle then came to a stop behind the first.

Authorities said a third vehicle then swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the second vehicle and caused a fourth vehicle to swerve and roll multiple times.

The victims in the vehicle that rolled were injured. The driver was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter with severe trauma to the lower extremities.

A passenger in that vehicle was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with head injuries. Both had to be extracted from the vehicle.

At the time of the crash, their injuries were serious, but they were reportedly listed as stable.

According to officials, those in the third vehicle fled from the scene. The driver, identified as 34-year-old William Manning, of Mt. Pleasant, reportedly went to the hospital with a neck injury before police arrived at the scene.

Authorities confirmed a warrant was issued for Manning because he was driving on a revoked license.

Reports stated the fifth vehicle that was involved had minor damage from hitting the fourth vehicle that rolled.