• 3 airlifted from Lancaster Co. rollover wreck

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    LANCASTER CO. - South Carolina state troopers were investigating a rollover accident that sent three people, including a child, to the hospital in Lancaster County Tuesday night.

    According to troopers, a car crashed around 4 p.m. in the 2400 block of Rocky River Road in the Heath Springs area of the county.

    Troopers said 26-year-old Amanda Hegler was driving northbound when she ran off the right side of the road and overcorrected, striking a tree on the left side of the road and flipped.

    She and passenger Sammijo Messer, 27, were ejected. Investigators told Channel 9 that they were not wearing seat belts.

    They were flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, along with a child in the back seat who was not ejected. Troopers said the child also was not wearing a seat belt.

    Gary Roach came rushed to the scene to find out if the driver was his granddaughter. He heard about the crash on the news and learned it was a 2007 Honda, the same kind of car his granddaughter drives.

    He was relieved to learn she wasn't involved, but his heart went out to the families affected. He lost his wife in a car crash.
    "Stuff like this devastates me,” Roach said. "It's rough, very rough to see something like this happen.”
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, which happened approximately 13 miles east of Lancaster. Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

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