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