Troopers said a man was killed in an Oconee County wreck that shut down South Carolina Highway 11 Friday morning.
The Highway Patrol said the crash happened about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of SC 11 and Deer Run Road and Bruce Road near Westminster.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Guy Nelson, 60, of Westminster, died at the scene of the crash after hitting a tractor trailer and another pickup truck.
Addis said it appears Nelson was on his way to a restaurant where he regularly eats breakfast after getting off of work at a local industrial plant where he works the third shift as a security guard. He said Nelson was wearing his seatbelt.
Nelson's vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped the driver-side wheels of a tractor-trailer hauling sand that was traveling north on SC 11, Addis said. He said Nelson then collided head-on with a second pickup truck, also traveling north. A third car rearended that pickup truck, troopers said.
A 22-year-old man from Georgia was driving the truck Nelson hit head-on, and he was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, troopers said. They said no one else was injured in the four-vehicle crash.
Troopers said detours were set up where Highway 11 is blocked because of the accident. King said the highway would remain closed while investigators determine the cause of the crash.
This was the second fatal crash in the Upstate Friday morning and 19th traffic death in Oconee County this year. Troopers said someone died in a crash along Interstate 26 in Laurens County.
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