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      Highway Patrol investigates deadly crash in Florence County

      South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on US 378 near East Union Road in Florence County.

      The wreck happened just after 11:00 p.m. Monday night, according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

      A Cadillac was traveling westbound on US 378 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a tractor trailer.

      The driver of the car David Leon Bethea, 41 from Nichols in Marion County was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

      Florence County Coroner Bubba Matthews said Bethea died from his injuruies sustained in the crash.

      A passenger was taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center with injuries, but there's no word yet on if he or she was wearing a seatbelt.

      The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

      You can count on NewsChannel 15 to bring you more information when it becomes available.