Troopers investigate collision that killed an SCDOT worker in Greenwood

Workers in SCDOT van were traveling to work site
SC Highway Patrol investigating a collision that killed an SCDOT worker.
SC Highway Patrol investigating a collision that killed SCDOT worker - File Photo Photo credit Lee Rogers

The Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision in Greenwood County.
Master Trooper Brandon Bolt says the crash occurred Thursday morning at 6:17AM on US Highway 178 near Scotts Ferry Road approximately 10 miles east of Greenwood.

The driver of a 2012 Chrysler 200 traveling west on US 178 crossed the centerline and struck a 2017 Chevrolet Express van head-on.

The driver of the Chevrolet van was seat belted, but trapped in the wreckage, mechanically extricated. That driver died at the scene. Two passengers in the van were also injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Chrysler was also seat belted, entrapped, mechanically extricated, then taken by EMS to a hospital. That collision remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol and the MAIT unit.​

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has released a statement regarding the collision which involved 3 SCDOT employees. The driver of the SCDOT Chevrolet van has been identified as 59 year-old Charles Kennedy of McCormick.

The following is a statement released in a Twitter post by the South Carolina Department of Transportation:

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Secretary Christy Hall has announced that one SCDOT worker was killed and two more were injured in a crash on Highway 178 in Greenwood County near Scotts Ferry Road early Thursday morning, June 10, 2021 The driver of the other vehicle apparently crossed the center line and struck the SCDOT vehicle head-on. The SCDOT crew was on the way to a work site.

Hall said that 59-year-old Charles "Chuck" Kennedy was the driver of the SCDOT vehicle who was killed.  Mr. Kennedy had been employed by SCDOT since February of 2020.Two other members of the crew in the vehicle were injured and transported to a local hospital.

Hall said, "Our hearts are broken again as we suffer through another death of an SCDOT Team member and two more who were injured. Our hearts go out to the families. They can be sure that SCDOT will support them in any way possible."

Mr. Kennedy resided with his family in .McCormick. He leaves behind his wife Mary, a son and a daughter and a number of grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman, and a racing fan. He also enjoyed playing golf with his SCDOT teammates at the McCormick Country Club. Family and friends described him as having a great sense of humor, easy to get along with, and very helpful. Those close to him said he was the type of man who "never met a stranger."

Hall added, "The SCDOT Team will be praying for the victims and families of this crash. We would ask the public to take a moment to remember them, especially Chuck Kennedy and his family."

Charles "Chuck" Kennedy
Charles "Chuck" Kennedy Photo credit SCDOT