SCHP: Spartanburg County Roads and Bridges employee dies in wreck involving Sheriff's Deputy

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Correction: This story has been updated to state Charles Ricky Graham is an employee with Spartanburg County Roads and Bridges. The Herald-Journal's initial report identified Graham as a maintenance employee.

Charles Ricky Graham, a Spartanburg County Roads and Bridges employee, died in a traffic incident that involved a Sheriff's Office Deputy Wednesday afternoon, according to Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at approximately 1:20 p.m. on US-176 at Brown Rd., around two miles north of Pacolet.

According to Ridgeway, Robert Hutchinson Taylor, 36, was traveling east on US-176 when Graham, 63, driving a 2002 Ford Pickup, attempted to enter US-176 from Brown Rd.

Taylor, driving a Sheriff's Office Chevy SUV, struck the maintenance worker on the driver's side door. Graham died later at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, according to Ridgeway. Taylor's status has not been released.

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Earlier Wednesday, Spartanburg County Communications Manager Scottie Blackwell said two county employees were involved in the wreck, one from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and one from an unnamed department. In a press release Wednesday night, Blackwell said Graham worked for Spartanburg County for 20 years.

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Clevenger said his office was called to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center regarding a death involved in the crash. Clevenger confirmed the Sheriff's Deputy did not die as a result of the crash.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Chalmers Rogland, a Wofford College graduate, covers public safety and breaking news for the Herald-Journal. Reach him via email at Find him on Twitter @CRogland.

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