COLUMBIA, SC – A Friday morning accident claimed the life of a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper after his vehicle slid off the wet road and struck a utility pole.

The victim, 38-year-old Lance Corporal James Haynes, perished in the vehicular accident at about 3:30 in the morning of Friday on Highway 33, according to Highway Patrol spokesperson Sid Gaulden.

Lance Corporal Haynes was travelling on state Highway 33 to a crash that involved two tractor-trailers, said Gaulden.

Hayne’s vehicle rolled over a several times before hitting a utility pole. How fast the trooper was driving is yet to be determined, said Gaulden.

SCDPS Director James K. Schweitzer expresses mourn and sadness for the sudden loss of Trooper Haynes. He also extends his deepest condolences to Hayne’s family and friends.

After graduating from Highway Patrol Training School, Lance Corporal James Haynes has been with the High Patrol since 1997 and had been assigned to Troop Seven, which includes Orangeburg, Calhoun, Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale, Aiken and Hampton counties.
Haynes is survived by his wife and two children and lives in Richland County.

Highway Patrol Col. Russell F. Roark, III expresses their shock and deep sadness with the tragic news they received concerning the death of Trooper Haynes.

Haynes is remembered by his fellow troopers to be dedicated to his family and work. Haynes frequently receives commendations for his work.

Jonathan W. Parker was the last trooper to die while on duty in 2005 at Sumter County.

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