Hephzibah man dies in I-20 accident

June 21, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C.---65-year-old Franklin Neely of Hephzibah is dead after an accident on I-20 in Aiken County. It happened around 7:20 near mile marker 22.

Neely was driving a family produce truck when he rear-ended a semi truck driven by 42-year-old Anderson Fraley of Atlanta. The collision caused severe damage to the front of Neely's vehicle and he was trapped inside.

Neely was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead on the scene due to multiple body trauma as a result of the crash.

Fraley was uninjured.

Westbound traffic on I-20 was backed up this morning as officers worked to clear the accident.

About half a mile down the road, a woman driving a black Volkswagen Jetta hit the back of one of the patrol cars that was parked so that deputies could direct traffic. The collision caused the car to hit the other patrol car.

Both deputies were able to get out of the way and were not injured, but the patrol cars were totaled. The driver of the Jetta had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

This accident occurred less than a quarter of a mile from where another accident took place last December. A deputy was killed in that accident.

Today's incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

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  • by T. Location: Aiken on Jun 26, 2007 at 06:52 PM
    Appears 12 dosn't want to post the facts as reported from the site. I wonder why ? I reported that the 18 wheeler properly pulled over into other lane with sigals on so as to give wide birth to a pickup with a flat tire that was pulled off on the shoulder of road when the speeding panel truck slammed into rear of the 18 wheeler.
  • by T. Location: Aiken on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:51 PM
    No, from what I hear a pickup had a flat tire and was off on the shoulder of the road and the 18 wheeler, with lights showing lane change, moved into other lane to was slowing down when the the speeding van/truck came up and put on brakes but ran into rear of the 18 wheeler.
  • by James Location: Augusta,Ga on Jun 22, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    I know an employee that worked for Mr Neely and he seems to think that there was an accident that had slowed traffic in front of this tractor trailer that Neely struck. If this is the case then maybe there should be a law passed to where an amber light should be flashing at the rear end of a tractor trailer. Maybe the driver of the T/T was not on his brake pedal and his lights not lit making Mr Neely think the truck was up to speed. Just a thought!
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