75-year-old man dies following crash on SC 11 near Westminster

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WESTMINSTER, S.C. (WSPA) – A man died at the hospital Thursday following a crash on Highway 11 near Westminster.

The Oconee County Coroner’s Office said the two-vehicle crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. on HWY 11/Cherokee Scenic Highway.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2015 Jeep SUV was traveling south on HWY 11 when they crossed the center line and crashed head on into a 2019 Kia SUV.

The driver of the Kia SUV, James Bruce Ballard, 75, of Spartanburg, was taken to the emergency room at Oconee Memorial Hospital, according to the coroner’s office. He died at about 8:14 a.m.

The driver of the Jeep was injured and taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital, according to highway patrol.

The coroner’s office said Ballard’s death was ruled an accident.

South Carolina Highway Patrol and the coroner’s office will continue to investigate the crash.

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