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Lexington man dies after rolling through red light and causing two-car crash near I-20

Lexington County sheriff’s deputies are assisting Lexington police with a deadly two-car crash that has closed part of S.C. 6 at Interstate 20 Tuesday morning.
Lexington County sheriff’s deputies are assisting Lexington police with a deadly two-car crash that has closed part of S.C. 6 at Interstate 20 Tuesday morning. Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Twitter

One person was killed in a two-car crash that has shut down part of a highway in Lexington this morning, according to police.

Michael John Callanan, 72, of Lexington, died at the scene of the crash after failing to stop for a red light, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s office.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. on S.C. 6 at Interstate 20, according to Cpl. Cameron Mortenson of the Lexington Police Department.

Callanan was driving south on South Lake Drive when he ran the light, crashing into a vehicle leaving the interstate, according to the coroner’s office.

Mortenson said one person died and another was transported to Palmetto Health-Richland hospital for injuries. Those injuries were non-life threatening, accoridng to the coroner’s office.

All outbound lanes of S.C. 6 were being diverted to I-20, but all inbound lanes remained open, Mortenson said.

Exit 55 A on I-20 West was closed, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

The Lexington Police Department is still investigating the accident.

The crash comes a day after two people were killed in a two-car crash near the S.C. State Farmers Market in Lexington County. That crash ended a police chase involving a stolen car.

Lexington County has had some of the deadliest roadways in the state this year with 51 deaths as of Monday morning, according to numbers released by the S.C. Department of Public Safety. That’s second only to Spartanburg County, which has 59 traffic deaths.

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