Crash kills Lander Univ. student near Ware Shoals


LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA)–A Lander University student died in a crash on Thursday night.

The accident happened around 10 p.m. Thursday on Highway 29 near Ware Shoals.

Troopers say the driver of a Ford Mustang ran off the road and hit a guardrail and monument.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek identified the driver as James Logan Lusk. The 19-year-old was a student at Lander University, Cheek said.

Lusk was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but died at the scene of blunt force trauma, according to Cheek.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Lander University released the following statement:

Dear Lander community,

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the loss of one of our students, James Logan Lusk, who died overnight as a result of an automobile accident in Laurens County. Logan was a sophomore chemistry major from Pickens, S.C. During his two years at Lander, he was a resident student, an orientation leader and a student assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management.

Information on funeral arrangements has not yet been released, but those details will be shared with the campus as they become available. Grief counseling and support services will be available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.

“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young and promising life,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino. “On behalf of Lander University, we offer our deepest sympathies, prayers and comfort to Mr. Lusk’s family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

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