CARLISLE — The Union County Coroner’s Office is awaiting the results of an autopsy performed on the victim of fatal two-vehicle collision that occurred earlier this week.
Harold Thomas Johnson, 35, of Rock Hill, died Tuesday evening at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center from injuries he received in the collision that occurred around 5:15 p.m. that day on SC 72 one mile east of the Town of Carlisle.
L/Cpl Tony Keller of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the accident occurred when eastbound 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Johnson crashed into the rear of a 2005 Freightliner Tractor-Trailer that was stopped for a flagman at a construction site. Keller said that Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted from it via mechanical means. He said that Johnson was then flown to Spartanburg Regional where he later died.
Keller said that the driver of the Freightliner, Jeffrey Brown, 56, Roanoke, Va. was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was not injured.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Union County Coroner William Holcombe said that an autopsy had been scheduled to be performed later that day on Johnson’s body at Newberry Pathology Associates. On Thursday, Holcombe said that he is still waiting the results of the autopsy and that no further information was available but the investigation was continuing.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.