Head-on collision kills Easley man

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — A two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a 37-year-old Easley man and injured two others.

[cointent_lockedcontent]Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim Tuesday evening as Phillip Wayne Bragg of Ridgefield Road.

Kelley said Bragg, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene a little more than an hour after the wreck due to blunt-force trauma.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne said the accident occurred at 5:38 p.m. on S.C. Highway 183.

Rhyne said Joshua Garrison, 35, of Easley, was driving a 2005 Jeep about 3.8 miles north of Easley, while the driver of a 1994 Mercury Supreme, later identified as Bragg, was traveling south.

Bragg’s vehicle went left of center, striking Garrison’s vehicle. While Bragg succumbed to his injuries, Rhyne said Garrison and an unidentified passenger in Bragg’s vehicle were both transported to the hospital for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Bragg’s death was the 13th traffic fatality in Pickens County this year, compared to 10 during the same period last year.