YORK COUNTY — A Lancaster man and a Chester teenager were both airlifted to a Charlotte hospital Wednesday after suffering injuries in separate car crashes with logging trucks, authorities say.
At about 6:40 a.m., Highway Patrol responded to a crash at the truck entrance of the Bowater plant on S.C. 5 after Lancaster's Elwin Merle Tyre, 61, ran into the back of a logging truck that slowed while travelling southbound in a 1998 Ford F150 pickup truck, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.
The pickup truck overturned, Elder said.
Tyre was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Meanwhile, the accident stalled traffic coming into Rock Hill, bringing commuters to a standstill all the way back to Lancaster County, Elder said.
The logging truck's driver, Ulysses Oliver, 35, also of Lancaster, was not injured.
About two hours later in Chester County, Jonathan Stowe, 19, was also flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after troopers say he tried turning his 1992 two-door Honda onto Grant Road off S.C. 97 when he was hit by York's Ronald Sheppard, driving a 1998 Western Star truck with a logging trailer.
Troopers did not report that Sheppard, 62, suffered any injuries.