Two men killed in separate Midlands collisions

kdavis@thestate.comDecember 18, 2012 

— Two men are dead after separate vehicle wrecks Monday in the Midlands.

A 38-year-old Irmo truck driver was killed around 2:50 p.m. on Interstate 77 when his truck struck the rear of a car on Interstate 77 and went off the roadway, the SC Highway Patrol said.

The driver, whose name has not been released by the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office, was fatally injured despite his seat belt when the truck went off the right side of the highway and struck a guard rail, trooper Billy Elder said.

The other car was a Honda driven by Janet Bunch, 56, Fort Mill. It was not immediately known if she was injured in the collision.

One lane of the interstate was closed for four hours after the collision, which remains under investigation, Elder said.

Around 5:44 p.m. Monday, 19-year-old Michael M. Lindler was killed when he was walking on the westbound side of Interstate 20 near the Clemson Road exit, Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

Lindler was struck by an Oldsmobile driven by James Tribble, 67, of Virginia.

He was taken by Palmetto Health Richland hospital, but died from his injuries. Tribble and a female passenger were not injured, Jones said.

The wreck remains under investigation.

Kelly Davis

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