2 South Pointe High School students killed, 2 hurt in Lancaster crash, officials say

Two people were killed and two teen passengers were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday near Lancaster, officials said.

The wreck happened around 7 a.m. on U.S. 521 Charlotte Highway near Rebound Road, Trooper Joe Hovis of S.C. Highway Patrol said.

A 2005 Honda was traveling south on Charlotte Highway, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, Hovis said.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, had to be mechanically extracted. The driver and a passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, Hovis said.

Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said their identities will not be released because they were younger than age 18.

Two other passengers, both 17, were transported by helicopter to Atrium Health in Charlotte, Deese said. One passenger was wearing a seat belt, the other was not, Hovis said.

At 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Rock Hill schools spokesperson Mychal Frost emailed The Herald saying the four teens were students at South Pointe High School.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with our students, families and friends who have been involved and affected by this tragic event,” Rock Hill schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Cook said. “Our entire community is deeply saddened.”

Frost said grief counselors will be available for South Pointe students and staff on Tuesday. Schools are closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Cailyn Derickson is a city government and politics reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Cailyn graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked at The Pilot and The News and Observer.