BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Within ten hours, Berkeley County had 2 traffic deaths a mile apart on I-26 near the 187-mile marker. At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5), a sedan and an 18-wheeler collided in the west bound lane at mile marker 186 ½.
The driver of the sedan, 88-year-old, James Reynolds of Dorchester, S.C. collided with a truck and then ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Coroner. The truck driver was not injured.
On Friday (Oct. 6) at 2:43 a.m. 33-year-old, Willie Lamont James, of Harleyville, S.C. was traveling west bound at mile marker 187 1/2 when his sedan ran off the right side of the roadway, hit a tree, pinning James in the vehicle. The sedan was destroyed by fire. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver.
Both accidents were investigated by the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol. This is 28 traffic death in Berkeley County in the year 2017.