GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina Department of Transportation worker has died and three others are injured after a crash Thursday morning in Greenwood County.
The crash happened on US 178 near Scotts Ferry Road around 6:17am, according to SCHP.
The driver of the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck the SCDOT van head-on, the department said. The crew was on the way to a work site.
The driver of the SCDOT van was killed in the crash while two passengers were injured. The driver of the other vehicle was also hurt in the crash.
The Greenwood County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Barry Kennedy, of McCormick.
SCDOT released a statement:
Mr. Kennedy had been employed by SCDOT since February of 2020. Two other members of the crew in the vehicle were injured and transported to a local hospital.
Our hearts are broken again as we suffer through another death of an SCDOT Team member and two more who were injured. Our hearts go out to the families. They can be sure that SCDOT will support them in any way possible.
Mr. Kennedy resided with his family in McCormick. He leaves behind his wife Mary, a son and a daughter and a number of grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman, and a racing fan. He also enjoyed playing golf with his SCDOT teammates at the McCormick Country Club. Family and friends described him as having a great sense of humor, easy to get along with, and very helpful. Those close to him said he was the type of man who ‘never met a stranger.’SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall
Hall added, “The SCDOT Team will be praying for the victims and families of this crash. We would ask the public to take a moment to remember them, especially Chuck Kennedy and his family.”
Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is assisting in the investigation.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.