2 Pee Dee men killed in overnight crash

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the early morning crash that killed two men in Darlington County.

Troopers were called to Greenfield Road near Brooks Drive for a single car crash just after 4 a.m. When they got there they found four people in a car needing help.

Trooper say two people were pronounced dead on scene and two others were rushed to the McLeod Health and Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee identified the victims as 27-year-old Andre Lamont Bertrand of Hartsville and 20-year-old Fredrick Jamal Jackson of McBee.

According to Coroner Hardee, both men were ejected and were not wearing seatbelts.

At this time, troopers don't know why the driver left the road and hit a tree. The Highway Patrol's MAIT team is investigating the accident.

Neighbors who have lived on Greenfield Road for years said this is not the first accident they've seen at this particular curve in the road.

"That's not the first wreck I've seen on that curve so and then now with the weather and the deer running out, you have to be safe. It's 45, but you have to drive like 20 and like pay full attention," Paula Alford said.

There's only one speed limit sign placed on the road in each direction. The road is less than two miles long. Alexander Paul, who has lived on the road since it was only dirt, said that sign alerts drivers to slow down to 45 miles per hour before the curve but other than that, there isn't a speed limit on the road.

"I wish there was some kind of speed limit put on that road. You can see it's an unsafe situation. The road's not but 19 feet wide," Paul said.

Alford said she saw the aftermath of the accident.

"The car was wrapped around the tree. It looked it was hugging it, like the bumper was hugging around the tree," Alford said.

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