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Coroner identifies victims of I-20 accidents

Lexington, SC - Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of both of the persons killed in two early morning car accidents on I-20 Eastbound at Mile Marker 39 in Lexington County on June 24, 2017.

At approximately 04:00 A.M. Coroner Fisher states that Caleb Joseph Metz, 26, of North Augusta, S.C. died at the scene from the injuries he received in the accident when the vehicle he was driving headed westbound on I-20, crossed over into the eastbound lanes, and was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound. The driver and two passengers in the other vehicle involved in the accident were all transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Metz was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

In another accident at approximately 05:30 A.M. at nearly the same location as the first, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher states that Mr. Keith D. Kennedy, 25, of Columbia died at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident after the vehicle he was driving struck the side of a Lexington County Fire Service fire truck that was rendering aid and assisting with the first accident. Two Lexington County fire fighters and one Aiken County State Trooper were transported to area hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Kennedy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Autopsies will be performed today to determine the cause of the deaths.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate both accidents.

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