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2 killed in separate motorcycle accidents in Lancaster, York counties

Both crashes occurred early Sunday morning.
Two people were killed in motorcycle accidents Sunday morning in South Carolina.
Two people were killed in motorcycle accidents Sunday morning in South Carolina.(WBTV)
Published: May. 29, 2022 at 9:10 AM EDT
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Two people were killed in separate motorcycle accidents early Sunday morning in South Carolina.

The first crash took happened around 12:55 a.m. on US-321 in the Bowling Green area.

In that incident, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling south when her vehicle crossed the center of the road and struck the motorcycle operator head-on. The driver on the motorcycle, 59-year-old Melvin Poteat died at the scene.

The second collision happened around 1:22 a.m. on US-521 near Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster.

According to SC Highway Patrol, the operator of the motorcycle struck a sedan as the sedan was entering the roadway. The operator of that motorcycle was also pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator in the second crash has since been identified as 43-year-old James Barwick.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the earlier victim.

SCHP did not say if charges will be filed in either incident.

Related: One person killed in motorcycle accident on I-485 in west Charlotte

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