Over the weekend, there was a fatal crash involving a pickup truck full of teenagers in Laurens, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, three high school students were among the four people killed in the Sunday morning crash in Laurens County. Very few details have been released about this fatal wreck, but we do know that a pickup truck struck another vehicle head on. The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. on U.S. 221. For currently unknown reasons, the pickup truck crossed the centerline. Three teens, ranging in ages from 15 to 18 years old, were killed in the crash. Initial reports indicate that they were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Early Sunday morning, a teen from Charlotte was killed in an Upstate crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Augusta Road. For currently unknown reasons, the car veered off of the roadway and rolled several times. 18-year-old Keundra Smith was ejected from the vehicle. Although she was airlifted to the hospital, she did not survive her injuries. Her cousin, who was injured in the crash, was driving the car.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) has recently issued a press release about the Highway Patrol's upcoming operation "Drive to Live 2015." This safety initiative is aimed at raising awareness for teen-driver safety and reducing teen-driver related injury-causing collisions and deaths. The operation is being kicked off on April 20 and will be running from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., every day for a week. During the Drive to Live 2015 operation, troopers will be increasing traffic safety law enforcement around the state's schools. Additionally, they will be conducting traffic safety education programs at various high schools before school lets out for the year.