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Driver airlifted to hospital after smashing into back of logging truck

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CATAWBA, SC (WBTV) -

A Lancaster man is recovering at CMC Main, Wednesday, after slamming into the back of a log truck on Highway 5 before 7 a.m.

Now, some residents are expressing their concerns about this stretch of road on Highway 5 and are calling it very dangerous.

"This road and Highway 200, we call Death Row because there are plenty of accidents," said driver Tracy Brooks.

That was Brook's reaction to a crash that led to 61-year-old Elwyn Tyre being airlifted to CMC Main in Charlotte's after State Highway patrol troopers say he rear-ended a log truck Wednesday morning on Highway 5 in York County.

Troopers say the driver of the logging truck slowed down and Tyre's Ford F-150 hit the back of the truck and the pickup flipped on its side.

"I know friends who've gotten killed on this road and it's not good. It's not good. A lot of people rather go down 21 than to go on 5," said Brooks.

South Carolina Highway Patrol numbers show since 2010, 17 accidents have happened on this section on Highway 5 near the Resolute Paper Mill, where logging trucks are a common site.

"My biggest fear on this road is the logging trucks," said driver Rebekah Kimbrell.

"And just me being in a wreck or somebody else wreck in front of me then I hit them and cause a big pileup," she continued.

WBTV spoke with South Carolina DOT officials, Wednesday, who say they've received minimal complaints for this stretch of road.

DOT employees are finishing up construction work on the nearby Catawba Bridge.

The bridge was shifted and widened, as a result so was some of Highway 5.

Brooks says she's glad to see the changes, but she doesn't feel any safer.

"By them improving the bridge it really helps out, but it's still pretty dangerous," said Brooks.

WBTV called Resolute Forest Products for a comment on drivers tailgating their trucks, but didn't get a response in time for this story.

Wednesday's crash remains under investigation and charges are pending against Tyre.

The condition of Tyre is still unknown at this time.

 

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