Fatal Truck Crash on I 20 in Aiken County: SC Highway Patrol
Two men were killed when a semi-trailer left a major freeway and crashed into several trees, South Carolina officials said.
Missouri residents Brian D. McGee, 41, and Brandin L. Greear, 41, died at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables.
McGee was driving a 2016 Volvo semi-trailer east on Interstate 20 on Friday morning, and Greear was a passenger, Ables said.
Around 5:30 a.m. near the 31 mile marker on I-20, just outside of Lexington County, the semi-trailer swerved to the right side of the road and struck several trees, according to Master Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The driver was wearing a seat belt, Ables said. There was no word if the passenger was restrained.
No other injuries were reported.
No information on the cause of the semitrailer’s off-road trip was available, but the collision is currently under investigation by highway patrol and the coroner’s office.
Until Friday afternoon, 1,005 people have died on South Carolina roads in 2021, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Security.
At least 35 people killed in crashes in Aiken County in 2021, reported the DPS.
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This story was originally published 5 December 2021 10:15 am.