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Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 521 wreck

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Christopher Sardelli
csardelli@thelancasternews.com
A motorcyclist died Saturday night after colliding with a pickup truck in Indian Land.
Rusell Eugene Mangrum, 47, who lived in the Indian Land area, was driving his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle south on U.S. 521 when the accident happened, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.
Mangrum was driving at about 9:40 p.m. when an Indian Land man, who was driving a 1999 Toyota pickup truck north on the road, attempted to make a left-hand turn, Elder said. That's when the two vehicles collided.
The accident scene is about 2.5 miles south of Fort Mill.
Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford said Mangrum was pronounced dead at the crash site. He said the official cause of death was head trauma.
“As far as I know, they (Highway Patrol) are still investigating what happened,” Crawford said.
Elder said Mangrum was wearing a helmet during the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured during the crash. He was not taken to a hospital, Elder said.
The Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating the crash, though no other details were released as of Monday morning.
This is the second crash along U.S. 521 in the last week.
Heath Springs resident Joshua Smith, 18, died Oct. 17 after his station wagon ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, according to the SCHP. That accident happened at about 4:10 p.m., about three miles north of Lancaster near Shiloh Unity Road.
Smith was wearing a seat belt, but was pinned inside the car and died at the scene, Highway Patrol officials said.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416