Four deaths in South Carolina attributed to Tropical Storm Irma
Columbia, S.C. (WPDE) —
Authorities say Tropical Storm Irma caused four deaths in South Carolina.
- Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson says a city employee, Arthur Strudwick, died after a single-vehicle crash during storms Monday night. Wilson says Strudwick had been on his way to help with a downed tree when he crashed. Wilson says he was pronounced dead at a hospital. He worked with the Forestry and Beautification Division of the city's Public Works Department.
- Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. said 54-year-old William McBride was pronounced dead Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning. Baker says McBride had been running a generator inside his mobile home for at least several hours, with only a single window cracked for ventilation. Baker says power was knocked out in some parts of the county around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Baker says McBride's sons found him Tuesday morning and called authorities.
- Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said 21-year-old Zhen Tain died in the crash on Interstate 77 south of Columbia around 3:15 p.m. Monday. Troopers say Tain crashed into another car and his Ford Mustang flipped, trapping him inside. Smith says Tain was driving too fast for conditions. Authorities say the second driver was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not known. Troopers say the wreck is still under investigation. The National Weather Service says there was heavy rain in Columbia with wind gusts around 40 mph when the wreck happened.
- Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said 57-year-old Charles Saxon was cleaning limbs and debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls around 3 p.m. Monday when a limb fell on him. Ashely said in a news release that Saxon died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered. The National Weather Service says winds in the area were gusting to around 40 mph (65 kph) at the time Saxon was killed. Calhoun Falls is located 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Greenville.