Emergency crews transfer a Ninety Six woman from an ambulance to a Greenville medevac Friday near the scene of an incident along S.C. 72/221. (MATT BRUCE | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Emergency crews transfer a Ninety Six woman from an ambulance to a Greenville medevac Friday near the scene of an incident along S.C. 72/221. (MATT BRUCE | INDEX-JOURNAL)
A Ninety Six woman was airlifted to Greenville and a man was hospitalized after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck late Friday afternoon.
According to preliminary reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident occurred along S.C. Highway 72/221 near Cothran’s Bridge at 4:55 p.m. The man and woman were riding in the rear cargo bed of 1995 Toyota SR5 pickup truck. SCHP Cpl. Bill Rhyne identified the victims as Gena Newman, 20, and 25-year-old Joseph Smith, both of Ninety Six.
According to Rhyne, the pickup was heading northbound on the highway when the driver, a 55-year-old Waterloo man, fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the right side of the road. When he corrected the vehicle and re-entered the road, the pickup bounced and threw the victims off the back of the truck. Family members at the scene Friday said the two were a couple.


SCHP troopers could be seen working the scene as Greenwood County deputies directed traffic through the wreckage. EMS crews transported Smith to Self Regional medical Center to be treated for his injuries. A Greenville Health System medevac landed on the highway and paramedics transferred Newman to the helicopter. The chopper then flew her to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Rhyne said no charges had been filed as of Friday evening. The incident remains under investigation.