Latest update: Two die in traffic crashes over weekend in Midlands

jmonk@thestate.comJanuary 12, 2014 

— One person in Lexington and one person in Richland County died over the weekend in traffic crashes, the S.C. Highway Patrol reporter.

The first crash took place in Richland County on Saturday about 10:30 p.m. Saturday around mile marker 4 on I-77 in the northbound lane when the driver of a 1994 Ford van lost control and ran into the median, and then into a bridge front and overturned, ejecting the driver, who later died.

The person who died was identified later Sunday as Andres Alvarado-Felix, 33, of Thrush Street, Hopkins, SC. He was pronounced dead at 12:34 a.m. Sunday at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, said Richland County coroner Gary Watts.

.A passenger in that van was injured but is expected to survive, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the Highway Patrol.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, in Lexington County, a two-vehicle collision on Pond Branch Road resulted in the death of one driver, the patrol reported.

A 2001 Chevrolet pickup going east on Pond Branch lost control and ran off the road, then came back and overturned and crashed into a 1999 Toyota driven by Joshua Wynn, 29, of Lexington. Wynn’s Toyota was headed west.

When the Chevy pickup overturned, its driver - who was not wearing a seatbelt - was ejected and killed, the patrol reported.

The deceased was identified as James Wade Clamp, 30, of Leesville, according to the Lexington County Coroner’ Harry Harman. Clamp was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wynn, the Toyota driver, was injured in the collision but is expected to survive. He was wearing a seat belt.

No further information was available on either of these crashes Sunday morning.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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