Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A 55-year-old man, who has not been identified, was driving on I-20 when his tractor trailer struck a guard rail causing the vehicle to run off the right side and overturned.
An Irmo truck driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 Tuesday evening, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash occured around 6:20 p.m. on I-20 westbound near mile marker 83. A 55-year-old man, who has not been identified, was driving on I-20 when his tractor trailer struck a guard rail causing the vehicle to run off the right side of the road, Senior Trooper Brent Kelly said. The vehicle struck several trees and overturned on its right side, Kelly said. The tanker was empy and was not hauling any items. The man was wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene, Kelly said. The craash remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Highway Patrol to step up presence on state roads, push public education efforts about drunk driving.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety starts off its 'Sober or Slammer' program Friday, which will last through Labor Day, Sept. 4. The program will step up law enforcement presence through state and local agencies on South Carolina roads to prevent drunk driving. “Nearly half of South Carolina’s fatalities each year continue to be DUI-related. That is why we are enlisting the public to help be our eyes on the highways and combat this problem by calling *HP if they suspect an impaired driver,” said Leroy Smith, director for the SCDPS. “In 2011, South Carolina law enforcement officers made 28,466 DUI arrests. We can only imagine the number of lives saved and injuries averted due to many of those arrests.” Department of Public …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A Columbia man has been identified in the crash on Interstate 20.
A Columbia man has been identified as the driver of the vehicle involved in a tractor trailer collision on Interstate 20. Michael Simpson, 29, of Columbia, was the driver of the 2006 Nissan that was involved in a crash on the eastbound lane of I-20 near I-77 on July 1, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a release. Watts said the vehicle struck the rear end of the tractor trailer at a high rate of speed. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a Volkswagon that was driving behind the Nissan hit Simpson who was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the Volkswagon stopped for a short time but then left the scene. Simpson died at the scene, Watts said. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
Traffic fatalities reported in Lexington County this time last year are up by 13 deaths.
Lexington County continues to lead all other counties in the state for traffic fatalities so far this year. A total of 33 people have died in Lexington County this year, according to a traffic report released Monday by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. That's up 13 deaths from the 21 fatalities reported this time last year. Greenville County — the second highest county for traffic fatalities — has reported 28 traffic deaths so far compared to 26 deaths last year at this time. In Richland County, there have been 26 traffic fatalities up from 22 reported this time last year. This weekend two people have died on the roadways of both Lexington and Richland counties. On Friday, Jason Lee Cunningham, 27, was killed in a crash …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Motorists can expect to see an increase in state and local law enforcement officers this week as agencies conduct public safety checkpoints.
Last year, nine people were killed on the highways during the July 4 holiday, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. State and local law enforcement agencies are working together so that number doesn’t increase this year. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is joining local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Natural Resources this week to ensure motorists are safe on the highways and around waterways as people celebrate the Fourth of July. “When a holiday falls mid-week, we see motorists traveling both weekends – before and after the holiday,” South Carolina Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver said in a release Monday. “That is why troopers will be out in larger numbers throughout the week, joining other law…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A 59-year-old Blythewood man was identified as the pedestrian that died Wednesday after being struck by three vehicles.
The name of the pedestrian killed after being struck by three vehicles on I-20 Wednesday has been released. John W. Davis, 59, of Blythewood, was struck by multiple vehicles while walking in the road, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a release Thursday. Davis died at the scene, Watts said. Davis' disabled vehicle was found a half-mile away on the eastbound side of I-20, Watts said, possibly explaining why he was in the road. Davis was walking in the second lane on I-20 west between Farrow Road and U.S. 21 when he was struck by three vehicles, S.C. Highway Patrol troopers said. The three vehicles were traveling close behind each other on the interstate, troopers said. The first vehicle, driven by Kimberly Wiggins, 48, struck …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
A man died in a one-vehicle accident in Richland County.
A man was pronounced dead Saturday night after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Otis Wilson, 48, of Eastover was driving south on SC-263 in Richland County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway. He overcorrected, traveling back across the roadway, running off the left side of the roadway and striking a tree. Wilson wasn't wearing a seatbelt, according to the highway patrol. The accident remains under investigation by the Richland County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.