Truck, tractor accident leaves one man dead

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office released the identity of the man who died Friday in a vehicle collision on New Holland Road in Aiken County.

George W. Kirkland, 68, died from his injuries shortly after he arrived at Aiken Regional Medical Centers after his John Deere tractor, heading north on New Holland Road, collided with a 2010 box truck around 10:30 a.m., causing his tractor to overturn, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The S.C. Highway Patrol identified the driver of the truck to be 21-year-old Tramell G. Wagener, of West Columbia

According to Carlton, Kirkland died from multiple body trauma, and was determined to be not at fault for the collision by Highway Patrol investigators.

Highway Patrol reported Wagener, whose truck was registered to Carolina International in Georgetown, Georgia, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the accident.

Carlton said Highway Patrol’s MAIT unit will continue investigating the incident.

Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, with Highway Patrol, was not immediately available for comment.