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Head-on collision claims life of Bowman man; second traffic fatality in county this week

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A head-on collision Thursday night claimed the life of a 71-year-old Bowman man.

Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said John W. Scott “died of massive blunt force injuries due to head-on motor vehicle collision.”

Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at 9:29 p.m. on U.S. Highway 178 near Black Pond Road.

Scott was operating a Chevrolet Colorado truck in the westbound lane when an eastbound GMC Yukon SUV “crossed the center line and struck” his vehicle, Jones said. Scott and the driver of the GMC were both wearing seat belts.

Medics transported the driver of the GMC via helicopter to Trident Regional Medical Center in North Charleston, the trooper said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the collision, along with its Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

Thursday night’s fatal collision is the second one to happen in Orangeburg County this week.

On Monday afternoon, James Lamar “Slim” Day, a 57-year-old Holly Hill man, succumbed to his injuries at Palmetto Health Richland after an accident earlier in the day on S.C. Highway 453 near Boyer Road.

Day was driving his 1986 Chevrolet truck north on S.C. Highway 453 at 3:41 p.m. when a 2014 Chevrolet sedan, traveling on Boyer Road, attempted to cross the highway.

The sedan struck Day’s truck on the front driver’s side, according to the SCHP.

The driver of the sedan was wearing a seat belt. Day was not.

Orangeburg County EMS transported the driver of the sedan to the hospital. She sustained minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Scott is the fourth person to die due to a traffic accident in Orangeburg County this year.

This time last year, there had been five highway-related fatalities in the county.

As of March 11, 145 people have died on South Carolina’s highways, compared to 193 highway deaths during the same time period in 2017.

Of the 106 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2018, 58 were not wearing seat belts.

Through March 11, 22 pedestrians had died compared to 32 in 2017; thus far this year, 13 motorcyclists have died compared to 16 in 2017; and two bicyclists have died compared to four for the same period 2017 on state roads and highways.

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