Traffic accidents claim 2 lives

A spate of deadly accidents on roads in Laurens County continued this week.

Carl Edward Hurley, 38, was killed in a two-car accident Thursday on Indian Mount Road north of Walterboro, and Michael Tollison, 43, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Highway 76 around six miles north of Ware Shoals Sunday.

Five people have been killed in traffic accidents in Laurens County in the past two weeks.

Sunday evening, Tollison was riding a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on Highway 76 when he crashed into a 1997 Ford pickup attempting to make a left-hand turn at Dairy Road in Gray Court.

According to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek, Tollison died of multiple blunt-force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 7 p.m.

The driver of the pickup and one of three passengers were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital,

Tollison’s death was the second motorcycle-related fatality in the county in as many weeks.

On Thursday, Hurley, of Laurens, was killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Indian Trail Road.

According to the SCHP, Hurley was driving a 1995 Chevy minivan west on Indian Mound Road and crossed the centerline and struck a 2011 Ford Expedition. He was pronounced dead at the scne of the accident at 9:35 p.m. The driver of the Expedition and a passenger were injured and taken by ambulance to Self Regional Hospital.

Hurley was to be buried at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, said his obituary from the Kennedy mortuary. According to the obituary, Hurley was a Clemson University graduate and former mechanical engineer with B.F. Shaw.

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