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Heart attack killed truck driver

Posted: March 19, 2018 5:48 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.

A 72-year-old Lake City man driving an 18-wheeler died of a massive heart attack, causing the truck to go off the road and overturn on S.C. 341 (Bethune Road) on Thursday morning.

According to Kershaw County Coroner David West, 72-year-old Arnette Barfield, of Lake City, was heading back to Lake City after picking up a load in Charlotte, N.C. West said the call came into dispatchers just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

West said Barfield was heading south on S.C. 341 when he suffered the heart attack. The truck went off the right side of the road, overturned and came to rest in a yard, he said.

“He was hauling fuel, but there were no leaks,” West said.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Doug Jones said the accident took place between Mt. Pisgah and Coats roads. Jones said hazmat was on the scene in order to deal with any gasoline before re-righting the tractor-trailer. The Kershaw County Government Center alerted the public to the incident, saying that S.C. 341 in that area would be closed for a time and that the S.C. Department of Transportation had set up a detour.

The government center issued another message late Thursday evening saying the road had been cleared and reopened.

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