South Carolina Trooper Responding to Wreck Killed in Own Crash

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a trooper responding to a wreck on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg died when his vehicle skidded off a wet road and slammed into a utility pole.

Patrol spokesman Sid Gaulden says Lance Corporal James Haynes was driving early Friday on state Highway 33 to a crash involving two tractor-trailers when his car skidded off the road.

Gaulden says the trooper's car overturned several times and then hit a utility pole. Gaulden did not immediately know how fast the trooper was driving.

Gaulden did say it had been raining in the area before the crash, which is still under investigation.

Haynes had been with the Highway Patrol since 1997.