Originally created 09/26/03

Edgefield man dies in wreck



AIKEN - South Carolina Highway Patrol officials are trying to determine what caused a head-on collision Thursday that claimed the life of an Edgefield man.

Madison Thomas Penland, 85, of Augusta Road, died at the scene of the 3:10 p.m. accident on South Carolina Highway 19, five miles north of Aiken, Lance Cpl. Dwight Green said.

Lance Cpl. Green said Mr. Penland's Buick LeSabre was northbound and a Dodge pickup driven by 39-year-old Joseph B. Allen was southbound when the two vehicles collided near the highway's intersection with Good Springs Road.

Mr. Allen was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was in good condition Thursday night with a concussion and a broken ankle, according to his wife, Karol Allen.

Mrs. Allen said her husband told her a third vehicle, a blue Honda, caused him to veer into the other lane but apparently drove away.

Mr. Allen's truck struck a tree and partly overturned. Both men were wearing their seat belts, and both were entrapped after the wreck, Lance Cpl. Green said.

Thursday's crash was the 605th fatal crash on South Carolina roads this year, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. In all, 650 people have been killed in wrecks in South Carolina this year, compared with 763 at this time last year.

Reach Stephen Gurr at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110.