Two die in crash in Monticello

MONTICELLO – Two men died in a truck crash near Monticello in western Fairfield County, according to Lance Corporal William Bennett with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The single vehicle crash occurred Friday, July 7, about 4:15 p.m., on Highway 215, about a quarter mile south of Monticello.

A 2010 Peterbuilt truck with two occupants, a driver and a passenger, was traveling south on Highway 215 when the driver lost control of the truck. The truck left the road to the right side, hit a ditch, hit a sign, and overturned, Bennett reported.

Both the driver, James Lee Hall, 52, of Swansea, S.C., and the passenger, Orbelin Rodriquez Gomez, 44, of Columbia, died on scene according to a statement from Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill.

An autopsy has been scheduled for both individuals to determine the exact cause of death.

The crash is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol and the Fairfield County Coroner’s office.

This story was updated on July 12, 2023 at 11:50 p.m.

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