Driver dead after accident with tractor trailer


COLLETON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A driver was killed on Highway 61 on Wednesday morning after crashing his car head-on into a tractor trailer carrying three boats.

The Colleton County Coroner says the victim was 18-year-old Joshua Merritt. He died at the scene.

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver was traveling south on Highway 61 when he crossed the center line. It is currently unknown what may have led to the accident. Officials were not sure if the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the tractor trailer was injured and was transported to the Colleton Hospital. Lance Cpl. Bob Beres with the SCHP said the 69-year-old man was wearing a seatbelt.

The road was shut down for approximately five hours.