TRI-COUNTY, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) As students returned to South Pointe High School after the weekend break, four students were noticeably absent.
Officials say a car carrying the four high school students crashed on Sunday morning near the intersection of Highway 521 and Rebound Road in Lancaster. Two died on the scene, and two others were rushed to a hospital.
“The South Pointe High community, the greater rock hill schools community mourns the loss of two students,” said Mychal Frost, the PIO for the Rock Hill School District. Frost says the district pulled extra counselors from other schools to be there for students at South Pointe High School this morning.
“This morning, counselors went to classes and made sure that students knew if they needed to talk to someone,” explains Frost, “That they were there and they were available.”
But on this Tuesday, the South Pointe family isn’t alone in their grief. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) says this Labor Day Weekend, 13 people died as a result of traffic related accidents in South Carolina. Five of them were from Lancaster County and York County.
A report released by SCDPS also showed that this time in 2018, there were eight traffic fatalities in Lancaster County. This year, that number jumped to 15. The same report says in 2018, York County had 25 traffic fatalities, but this year, that number is 39.
“It’s an awful lot for anyone to process,” says Frost.