Driver killed when pickup truck flips over by South Carolina road, Highway Patrol says

Two people were killed in separate crashes in the same Midlands county in a two-day span, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A driver died Saturday night when a pickup truck flipped over in Orangeburg County, said Lance Cpl. Brittany Glover.

The single-vehicle collision happened at about 9:40 p.m., according to Glover.

A 2003 Chevrolet S-10 was driving south on Fort Motte Road, and near the intersection with Dillon Court the pickup ran off the left side of the road, Glover said. The Chevy crashed into an embankment, flipped over, and the driver died at the scene, according to Glover.

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office has not publicly identified the driver.

Glover said the driver was the only person in the pickup, and no other injuries were reported.

There was no word if the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Information about what caused the Chevy to veer off the road was not available.

The other fatal collision in Orangeburg County happened a day earlier on private property, said Lance Cpl. Nick Pye.

At about 3:30 p.m. Friday, a Dodge pickup hit a pedestrian who was standing on the private property near the 200 block of Belfast Avenue, according to Pye.

The coroner’s office has not publicly identified the pedestrian.

Pye said the Dodge driver was not hurt, and no other injuries were reported.

The crash continues to be investigated by the Highway Patrol.

Through May 29, at least 409 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2023, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,091 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least 23 people have died in Orangeburg County crashes in 2023, according to DPS data. Last year, 46 deaths were reported in the county, DPS reported.