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Update: Coroner identifies couple killed in Jasper Co. crash involving tractor-trailer

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A Jasper County couple died and another person was seriously injured Monday night after a pickup truck and tractor-trailer collided on U.S. 321 in Jasper County, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The GMC tractor-trailer was traveling south on the highway, also known as Deerfield Road, near Bush Road in Hardeeville just before 8 p.m., a statement from the Highway Patrol said. The Toyota pickup truck was traveling north when the vehicles crashed into each other, and both drove off the road.

The husband and wife — who were the only people in the pickup truck at the time of the crash — died after being trapped inside the vehicle, the Highway Patrol said.

They were identified as Lek Pinckney, 74, and James Arthur Pinckney, 70, Jasper County deputy coroner Todd Harvey told The Island Packet on Tuesday afternoon.

The tractor-trailer driver was transported by EMS to a local hospital with injuries, the Highway Patrol said.

All three people were reported to be wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

An investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

This story will be updated.

Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college newspaper.


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