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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