Driver killed when truck runs off road and flips into woods in crash, SC cops say

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One person was killed Monday when a pickup truck ran off a Midlands road and crashed into the woods, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The single-vehicle collision happened at about 2:35 p.m. in Sumter, Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said.

A 2003 Ford truck was driving west on Pinewood Road, and near the intersection with Starks Ferry Road the pickup veered off the left side of the road, according to Bolt.

The pickup was driving too fast for conditions and hit a pole then flipped over into the woods, Bolt said.

The driver was the only person in the pickup and died at the scene of the crash, according to Bolt.

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office is expected to publicly identify the pickup driver after notifying the next of kin.

No other injuries were reported.

There was no word if the driver wore a seat belt.

The crash continues to be investigated by the Highway Patrol.

Through Sunday, 605 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,194 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least 18 people have died in Sumter County crashes in 2022, DPS reported. Last year, 31 deaths were reported there, and five involved a pedestrian, according to DPS data.