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Wood chips spill in wreck near state line; some residents call for lowered speed limit in area

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By Jenny Arnold

INDIAN LAND – No one was hurt when a tractor-trailer loaded with wood chips hit a minivan on S.C. 75 on Wednesday.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sherice C. Walls, of 818 Snowy Pine Lane, Indian Land, was trying to turn left off of S.C. 75 near the state line when the tractor-trailer hit the back of her 2006 Chrysler van.

Sherrill E. Smith, 61, of North Carolina, was driving the 2006 tractor-trailer west on S.C. 75, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said. Smith lost control of the truck when it hit Walls’ van, and the truck overturned, spilling a load of wood chips onto the highway.

The road was closed for several hours, Gaskin said.

Both Walls and Smith were wearing seat belts and were not hurt in the crash. Walls was charged with failure to yield right of way, Gaskin said.

Although speed was not a factor in the crash, residents say the crash is typical for that area.

Sheri Wright said a nearby wreck in North Carolina on S.C. 75 left some Indian Land residents without power for eight hours.

Wright said she’d like to see the speed limit lowered and enforced in the area, and dirt roads better marked for drivers. She believes county officials on both sides of the state line have not planned properly and now the roads cannot handle the large amounts of traffic created by development.

“What happened to the quiet countryside people moved here for?” Wright said.

Gaskin said the Highway Patrol has received several complaints about the highway. But Gaskin said S.C. 75 isn’t even close to being in the top 25 roads for crashes in Lancaster County.

Some of the top roads are S.C. 9, U.S. 521, S.C. 522, S.C. 200, S.C. 903, and Memorial Park, Springdale, Camp Creek and Shiloh Unity roads.

“We field every complaint, and we send troopers out, no matter how small the road is,” Gaskin said. “We’ll definitely be having troopers in and around that area. It’s definitely a road we’ll pay attention to.”

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151