Arkansas Man Killed in Tanker Truck Crash

RIDGEWAY – An Arkansas man was killed early Saturday morning and three others were transported to Palmetto Richland Hospital after a tanker truck collided with another vehicle on Highway 34.

Lee A. Eddings, 49, of Deer, Ark., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 12:44 a.m. Sept. 14 , the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office said. Eddings was trapped inside the tanker truck after it collided with a Chevrolet Lumina driven by Mark Robinson, 35, of Winnsboro, at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 13, about 1 mile east of Ridgeway. Robinson and two passengers were taken by ambulance to Palmetto Richland with non-life threatening injuries. All three have since been released, the Coroner’s Office said Monday.

The S.C. Highway Patrol, which continues to have the accident under investigation, said both the tanker truck and the Lumina were traveling east on Highway 34 when the two vehicles collided and crashed into a ditch. Rescue teams from Fairfield County worked for more than three hours to extract Eddings from the wreckage of the tanker. The cause of the collision had not been determined by the Highway Patrol at press time.