Truck driver killed in crash by Midlands road, SC Highway Patrol says

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One person was killed Tuesday when a pickup truck crashed into a tree near a Midlands road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The single-vehicle collision happened at about 5:30 p.m. in Orangeburg County, Lance Cpl. Nick Pye said.

A 2010 Ford was driving east on Vance Road and near the intersection with U.S. 15 the pickup ran off the left side of the road, according to Pye. That’s near Exit 93 on Interstate 95.

The pickup hit a tree and the driver died, Pye said.

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

No other injuries were reported.

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

Information about why the pickup veered off the road was not available, but the crash continues to be investigated by the Highway Patrol.

This is a the second deadly collision in Orangeburg County since Sunday.

In that wreck, a 2009 Toyota four-door was driving west on S.C. 6 and ran off the left side of the road near Red Bank Road where it hit a culvert and overturned several times, Jones said.

Through Sunday, 628 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,194 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least 21 people have died in Orangeburg County crashes in 2022, DPS reported. Last year, 45 deaths were reported there, according to DPS data.