Wreck on 601 claims life

A man died in a wreck early Tuesday on U.S. 601, about 17 miles east of Columbia, the S.C. Highway Patrol said.

Ray C. Tolleson, 74, of North, was traveling north when the 2000 Chevy Impala he was driv-ing went off the right side of the road, struck a concrete wall and overturned, the patrol said.

Tolleson suffered a broken neck and was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:28 a.m. wreck, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

He was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

The patrol continues to investigate the wreck.

- Lee Higgins and Ishmael Tate