Accident flips truck

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By Reece Murphy

Despite appearances, no one was seriously injured in a dramatic accident about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.

Several witnesses on the scene said a semi-truck heading south on U.S. 521 hauling a dump trailer ran the red light and struck a 1997 Toyota pickup truck as it pulled into the intersection after leaving the Raceway Express gas station.

The impact caused the pickup to flip into the southwest corner of the intersection where it came to a rest on its driver’s side in a shallow gully.

The impact flung tools, an engine jack, clothes, shoes, glass, engine parts and debris into the intersection as if the truck had exploded, and left a trail of diesel fuel and other engine fluids coating most of the left lane, trailing away behind the semi.

Passers-by immediately rushed to the scene and began administering first aid to the pickup truck driver, who appeared seriously injured. The pickup’s passenger and the semi driver were largely uninjured.

A spokesman from the SC Highway Patrol did not return a phone call requesting details of the accident.
However, the pickup truck driver’s father said Friday his son suffered only non-life-threatening injuries and had been treated and released from a hospital.

Charges in the accident were unconfirmed as of press time.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy rmurphy@thelancasternews.com