One killed after head-on collision in Newberry County, victim identified

One dead after Newberry County tractor-trailer collision
One dead after Newberry County tractor-trailer collision(MGN)
Published: Dec. 10, 2022 at 4:17 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports a driver of a pickup truck died after their vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer in Newberry County.

Trooper Mitchel Ridgeway said the collision happened on Friday, December 9, around 10:40 p.m.

According to officials, a 2018 freight liner tractor-trailer was traveling south on SC Highway 39, while a 2018 Ford pickup truck was traveling north on SC Highway 39 when the pickup truck crossed the center line. The tractor-trailer then collided head-on with the pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck passed away at Newberry Hospital, and the driver of the tractor-trailer was injured and was transported by EMS to the Newberry hospital.

The coroner identified the deceased as Robert Butler, 68, of Cross Hill. Investigators said Butler was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. An autopsy has been scheduled and the accident remains under investigation by SCHP.

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