Car-tractor trailer wreck causes detour, no injuries

By Kevin Boozer

April 16, 2014

NEWBERRY — A Monday afternoon wreck between a logging truck and a vehicle caused no serious injuries to passengers, though the wreck caused a major traffic detour in the Whitmire area.

The wreck occurred near the intersection of S.C. 121 and U.S. 176 about halfway between Newberry and Whitmire.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Transportation, S.C. Highway Patrol and area law enforcement closed S.C. 121 until the accident could be cleared and the road declared safe for traffic.

At 12:30 p.m. just past the Enoree Ranger station on S.C. 121, a logging truck driven by Davidson Hallman, 56, of Leesville, collided with a car driven by Shannon Winters, 39, of Whitmire.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the logging truck ran off the side of the road, lost control and crossed the center line and struck Winters’ car on the left side before hitting an embankment. The truck lost its load of logs.

Four children were in the passenger car but personnel at the scene said none required medical transport.

Once a small diesel fuel leak was contained, crews used a skid steer to being clearing the road of logs and debris.

Traffic approaching S.C. 121 from Newberry was detoured up I-26 to Jalapa Road and a large portion of S.C. 121 was closed to traffic for the afternoon. The road was re-opened Monday evening.

Hallman was charged with driving too fast for conditions.