Collision leaves one dead

Charles Warner Editor

September 28, 2013

CROSS KEYS — A Georgia man was killed Friday afternoon when his truck collided with another vehicle

L/Cpl Billy Elder, Community Relations Officer for the S.C. Highway Patrol, said the accident occurred at 1:38 p.m. on S.C. 49 just inside the county line 15 miles west of Union. Elder said a 1989 Ford pickup truck was traveling south when it crossed the center and struck a 1993 Freightliner with trailer head on. He said the driver of the pickup, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Union County Deputy Coroner John Fallaw said the driver of the pickup was Robert A. White Jr., 66, of Watkinsville, Ga.

The driver of the Freightliner was identified by Elder as Johnny Ray Whiteside, 59, of Spartanburg. He said that Whiteside was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment for his injuries.

Elder said that investigation is continuing.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.