Early morning crash kills North Augusta teen

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 at Six o'clock, May 21, 2007

Aiken Co., SC---The school year is coming to a sad end at North Augusta high school.

An early morning crash killed 16-year-old Andrew House.

The junior was pronounced dead this morning after his truck collided with a bridge support under the 125 overpass in Beech Island.

"He was just a nice guy all around," said Augusta Christian student, Ashley Hart of House.

The Aiken County Coroner, Tim Carlton, says House was heading east on Highway 278 when his 1999 Dodge Ram slammed into the column under the bridge.

The truck immediately caught on fire after the collision.

"It's heartbreaking," said Keith Walton, Augusta Christian assistant football coach.

"The situation could never even have happened if he'd taken the necessary precautions," he said.

The Aiken County coroner says House was speeding down Highway 278 and was dead before the fire broke out.

Investigators are now trying to find out why house was out on the road at 4 a.m.

House is now the 18th person to die in a traffic crash in Aiken County this year.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Evans on May 29, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    Thank you, Monty!!! People are so cruel and have no idea what this family is going through!!!
  • by Monty Smith Location: North Augusta on May 26, 2007 at 07:17 PM
    This is for "Anonymous" #1- You dont have the guts to say who you are. #2- FYI His mother was at home with her 2 other children and did not know he was gone.. As for his father..he passed away 2 years ago. #3- You cant always know where your kids are, you do the best you can and pray that God take care of the rest.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2007 at 08:06 PM
    we love you Andrew!
  • by Donna Location: Martinez on May 23, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    My heart goes out to this famiy. I don't know the child or the family but we just recently lost our only daughter in a truck accident. I pictured this family getting an early visit from the coronor like we did on Mother's Day, which I relive over
  • by Jessica Location: New Ellenton on May 23, 2007 at 04:14 PM
    Sometimes teenagers sneak out without the parents knowing. His mom is not to blame for this accident. Unless you know the whole story to any situation keep your mouth shut.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2007 at 01:11 PM
    Don't criticize the parents until the entire story has come out. Judgements should not be made without all the information.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    16 is to young to be out at 4:00 in the morning.... where were the parents?
  • by Cody Stephens Location: Clearwater, SC on May 22, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    R.I.P Buddy your never forgotten
  • by c Location: sc on May 21, 2007 at 09:10 PM
    too sad.
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