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One injured when car rear ended at toll booth

Piedmont firefighters along with Greenville EMS personnel work at the scene of a wreck at the Southern Connector toll booth Saturday. A vehicle rear ended another at the SC 20 entrance. One person was transported by Greenville County EMS to the hospital. State troopers investigated the wreck. (Photo by David Rogers)

Williamston man killed when truck crashes into home

A Williamston man was killed around 11:15 pm Thursday night when a truck crashed into the bedroom of his home at Tripp Street and Whilden Drive in Williamston.
Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the man was pinned underneath the truck.
Shore said there were five children in the home at the time, and none of them were not injured. The mother was at work, according to Shore.
Shore said it is a tragedy but a miracle that the children were not injured because one child was in the bedroom with the father when the crash happened.
According to reports, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the driver of the truck, Austin Burdette, 20. He has been charged with felony DUI.
Burdette was driving south on Tripp Street when he went off the left side of the road, hit a sign, a fire hydrant, and an embankment, before the truck ended up in th home, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
West Pelzer Fire Department, Pelzer EMS, South Carolina Highway Patrol and Anderson County deputies were all on scene.

I-85 fatality

A Powdersville firefighter looks over the scene of a fatal accident. Joshua Daniel Baxter, 23, of Piedmont was fatally injured Saturday morning when the 1994 Ford SUV he was driving struck the back of a 2016 Chevrolet SUV and overturned on I-85. Baxter was partially ejected from the vehicle when it flipped on its side according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown.

McCown said drugs, speed and alcohol were likely factors in the wreck which happened about 6:30 a.m. near mile marker 37 on the interstate. A 19-year-old passenger in Baxter’s vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle were not injured. Powdersville Fire Department, Pelzer EMS responded.

Chase ends in Piercetown

A two county chase ended just off Highway 81 early Thursday morning in Piercetown. South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers said three people were arrested after leading them on a chase through Pickens County and into Anderson County. Troopers said they attempted to stop a Dodge sedan on Highway 93 around 1 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. The driver didn’t stop and led the pursuing trooper on a chase, which ended when the Dodge ran off the road into a ditch along Martin Road near Ryobi Road.

According to reports, three people were in the car, along with drugs and a gun. No one was hurt. The driver, Richard Edgar Thompson, 28, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights, possession of meth with intent to distribute, simple possession of marijuana, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Two passengers, Misty Cole, 25, and Wade Watkins, 37, were also arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, troopers said. All three suspects were booked into the Pickens County Detention Center. (Photo by David Rogers)

I85 chase ends at US Hwy. 29 exit

A chase by state troopers on I-85 ended at the US Hwy. 29 exit Saturday night. The driver of a car failed to stop for troopers on I-85 south and ended when troopers boxed the vehicle in and did a control stop against the divider wall. At least one person in the car was arrested by authorities. (Photo by David Rogers)

Powdersville fatality – Hwy. 81

A man died after his Toyota pickup truck was struck by a Chevrolet at the intersection of Highway 153 and Highway 81 on Thursday morning around 4:30 a.m. Pelzer EMS transported the driver of the car to Greenville Memorial Hospital. Powdersville firefighters assisted at the scene. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman along with state troopers investigated. The SC Highway Patrol also called the MAIT (reconstruction team) in to assist. The accident blocked traffic on Hwy. 81 for several hours. (Photo by David Rogers)


State troopers investigate at the scene of the fatal accident in Powdersville early Thursday morning. (Photo by David Rogers)

Driver leaves scene of accident – Hwy. 88

Piercetown firefighters put down absorbent after a pickup truck struck another vehicle. The truck struck a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 88 and Wilderness Trail. The truck then left the scene and the driver drove to a business on Highway 81 in Piercetown and parked. State troopers and county deputies are investigating. (Photo by David Rogers)

Accident – Hwy. 81

Piercetown Fire Department and MedShore Ambulance Service emergency responders work at the scene of an accident on Hwy. 81 near I-85 in the Piercetown Community. SC Hwy. Patrol was also on the scene.  The accident occurred mid-day Tuesday.

Drivers transported – Hwy. 8

Three and Twenty firefighters await state troopers at the scene of an accident on Highway 8 Saturday morning. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Randal Road. One of the vehicles overturned. Both drivers were transported by Pelzer EMS to the hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)


High speed chase, gun fire – Hwy. 8 & I85

A game warden and state trooper help establish a perimeter Friday night after a high speed chase ended nearby. A state trooper attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 8 and I-85 when the vehicle sped away and onto I-85 north. Near the Anderson – Greenville county line shots were fired from the vehicle being pursued. Again shots rang out at the 42 mile marker in Greenville county. The vehicle exited off onto Maudlin Road, sped through a neighborhood, and back onto I-85 north. The vehicle exited off onto Laurens Road, turned onto Dallas Road and wrecked where the driver and passenger fled on foot. A search involving multiple agencies was called off early Saturday morning. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two fatally injured in head on collision – Welcome Road

A rising senior at Palmetto High School and the driver of a minivan with four passengers were fatally injured in a two vehicle accident that occurred on Welcome Road near Reidville Road in the Williamston area Tuesday morning. Austin Blake Campbell, 17 and Jeronima Aguilar-Cortez, 38, were both killed in the accident. Two fatalities in head-on collision A rising senior at Palmetto High School and the driver of a minivan with four passengers were fatally injured in a two vehicle accident that occurred on Welcome Road near Reidville Road in the Williamston area shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Austin Blake Campbell, 17, who was driving a 2010 Honda, and Jeronima Aguilar-Cortez, 38, who was driving a 2000 Honda minivan, were both killed in the accident. According to Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

The Piercetown Fire Department responded to the scene, which Chief Brad Hart said was pretty chaotic when they arrived. “Both vehicles were badly damaged, and there were multiple victims of injury. One patient was airlifted to Anderson and six other patients were transported by ambulance to various hospitals in the area.”

Hwy. 88 fatality

Melvin Howe Jr., 62, of Pendleton was fatally injured in a single vehicle accident around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The accident happened about eight miles south of Liberty on SC Hwy. 88 near Baugh Road. in Anderson County. According to reports, Howe was heading home from the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Greenville when the accident happened.

According to SC Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, Howe’s SUV was traveling west on SC Hwy 88 when it went off the left side of the troad and struck a tree. Howe was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anderson County Coroner Gerg Shore said an autopsy may be performed to determine if nedical factors contributed to the accident.  According to Shore, Howe had heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.

Walker-McElmoyle Fire Department and Three and Twenty Fire Department along with Pelzer EMS responded.

Investigate fatal hit and run – Hwy. 86

Sgt T. W. Carter with the SC Highway Patrol looks at evidence following a hit and run wreck on Highway 86 Tuesday night. A man waking east toward Piedmont was struck by an eastbound truck at the intersection of Old School House Road. Pelzer EMS rushed the man to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he later died. Wren firefighters also assisted at the scene.(Photo by David Rogers)

Troopers make arrest

Jason-YearginSouth Carolina Highway Patrol troopers have arrested Jason Yeargin, 33, of Piedmont, in connection with a fatal hit and run on Hwy. 86 Tuesday night. According to reports, the man who was fatally injured was walking east along SR 86 when he was hit by Yeargin’s Ford F250 pickup. The pickup truck , which was headed in the same direction as the pedestrain, hit the man and then a fence. After the incident, Yeargin left the scene, according to Cpl. Bill Rhyne. The victim’s name had not been released at presstime Wednesday morning.

Moped fatality – Hwy. 29

Carol Annette Watkins, 48, of Anderson was fatally injured in a moped accident on U. S. Hwy. 29 near Whitten Rd. on Saturday. Watkins died from blunt force trauma after the moped she was driving crossed the centerline and struck a Nissan Armada, according to Anderson County Deputy Deputy Coroner Don McCown. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, according to McCown.

Moped fatality – Piedmont

Jack Baxter Blanton , 52, of Piedmont died Thursday after he and another man, Timothy Whitfield, 36, of Piedmont were thrown from a moped. The accident happened around 9:15 a.m. on Shiloh Church Road in Piedmont when the moped slowed to make a left turn and was struck by a truck driven by Vance Ellison, 33 of Williamston, according to Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the SC Highway Patrol. Both men were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where Blanton died from head injuries at 10:24 a.m. according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner DonMcCown. Whitefield was treated for injuries.

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