S.C. highway worker from McCormick killed in crash

Charles “Chuck” Kennedy
Charles “Chuck” Kennedy(WRDW)
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:20 PM EDT
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McCORMICK, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A South Carolina Department of Transportation employee from McCormick was killed in a head-on crash while on the way to a worksite early Thursday.

Charles “Chuck” Kennedy, 59, was killed in the crash on Highway 178 in Greenwood County near Scotts Ferry Road. Two other members of the crew in the vehicle were injured and transported to a local hospital.

Kennedy was driving the SCDOT vehicle that struck head-on by another vehicle that apparently crossed the center line, the agency said.

South Carolina Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said in a statement: “Our hearts are broken again as we suffer through another death of an SCDOT Team member and two more who were injured. Our hearts go out to the families. They can be sure that SCDOT will support them in any way possible.”

Kennedy had been employed by SCDOT since February 2020 and lived with his family in McCormick.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary, a son and a daughter and a number of grandchildren.

He was an avid fisherman and a racing fan and enjoyed playing golf with his SCDOT teammates at the McCormick Country Club.

Family and friends described him as having a great sense of humor, easy to get along with, and very helpful. Those close to him said he was the type of man who “never met a stranger.”

Hall added, “The SCDOT Team will be praying for the victims and families of this crash. We would ask the public to take a moment to remember them, especially Chuck Kennedy and his family.”

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