Nine people died on South Carolina roads over the weekend. Two of the casualties were pedestrians, and four of the victims who perished in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts.

A truck driver was lucky enough to survive a very close encounter with death after his 18-wheeler collided with a train on Independence Boulevard off Bush River Road in the Irmo area. The accident happened at around 10:30 on Monday morning at Lexington County.

No one was injured in the accident. The truck is under the operation of US Group out of West Columbia and was carrying a “low-boy” trailer that hauled a beat-up Bobcat hauler.

Despite the truck driver being unharmed, he was undeniably shaken up by the incident. Lexington County’s Sheriff Department asked him some questions.

It was yet to be announced on who was at fault but US Group representatives say that the truck driver did not hear a horn from the train.

On another incident, a Bishopville 17-year-old teen faces charges of reckless homicide after the South Carolina Highway Patrol says he collided head-on with a Ford Escort while driving home from Prom on Saturday. One person died in the incident.

The teen dozed off whilst driving causing him to cross the center of a two-lane highway and collided head-on with a vehicle. 28-year-old Don Epps Jr. was killed in the accident.

The teen sustained minor injuries but his identity was not released due to his age.
One person, 54-year-old John Watson, also died after a collision along Fairfield Road in Richland County shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Three others who were involved in the accident were rushed to area hospitals and found out to be not wearing seatbelts.

Also on Saturday, at 1:45 in the afternoon, South Carolina Highway Patrol says a couple, 72-year-old Charles Branham and his wife, pulled out from a Rush’s Restaurant on Two Notch Road when an SUV struck their vehicle.

Charles died at the scene whilst his wife was brought to the hospital.

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