Passenger dies in Orangeburg County crash: SC Highway Patrol

One person was killed and two others were injured Saturday when a car slammed into a pickup truck carrying a pontoon boat, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The collision between two vehicles happened around 4 p.m. in Orangeburg County, according to Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell.

A GMC Sierra pickup was traveling north on US 15/Bass Drive near Mims Lake Road, Tidwell said. It’s in the Holly Hill area, about 7 miles from the junction of Interstate 26 and Interstate 95.

A Honda Accord was traveling in the opposite direction and slammed into the pickup when the car made a left turn, according to Tidwell.

There were three people in the Honda and one of the passengers was killed, Tidwell said. It is not known whether the passenger died at the scene or was transported to an area hospital.

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office is expected to publicly identify the passenger who was killed after notifying next of kin.

The other two occupants of the Honda were hospitalized, according to Tidwell. Further information on their conditions was not available.

The GMC driver was not injured and no other injuries were reported.

Information on whether any of the people involved in the wreckage were wearing seat belts was unavailable.

It was unclear whether there would be criminal charges, but the crash continues to be investigated by Highway Patrol.

As of Thursday, 330 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,192 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least nine people were killed in Orangeburg County crashes in 2022, according to the DPS. There were 45 deaths there last year, according to DPS data.

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