Truck driver killed after hitting tree in road on Hwy 56 in Laurens Co. ID’d

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LAURENS Co., SC (WSPA) – The driver of a tractor trailer who died after a crash in Laurens Co. early Thursday morning has been identified.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 4:15 a.m. on Highway 56 near Young Road, about 1.86 miles east of Clinton.

SCHP said the driver was traveling east when the vehicle hit a tree lying in the road.

The driver continued on, ran off the road and then hit a guardrail.

The victim died at the scene. The person was wearing a seat belt and was entrapped.

The Laurens County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as William Lee Weger, 58, of Edgefiled, SC.

Weger was a truck driver for Milliken.

The coroner’s office said an autopsy will be performed on Friday.

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