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Driver killed in single-car I-26 crash

A driver traveling alone on I-26 in Laurens County died Friday night died after crashing into the median cable barrier near mile marker 47.

The accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway, the driver of a 2015 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on I-26, traveled off the right side of the road, overcorrected and careened into the median cable barrier.

Laurens County Coroner’s Office identified the victim of James W. Smoak, 58, of Columbus, North Carolina.



  1. Llyod on July 17, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Why don’t they pull phone records to see if all of these cars veering off of the road are texting. I think they probably are.

    • Jeb Stuart Smoak on July 19, 2022 at 4:25 am

      My dad couldn’t text he hated that. 🙄

      • PREPAID CUSTOMER on August 13, 2022 at 12:59 am

        Deepest heartfelt condolences

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