2 Indiana natives killed in fiery Clarendon wreck


MANNING — Two Indiana men were killed in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon.

“The accident occurred around 4:50 p.m.,” Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock said Thursday evening.

Kyle Oakes, 24, died at the scene and Jason Beene, 21, died a short time later at McLeod Clarendon, Mock said.

According to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of South Carolina Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at mile marker 113 in the southbound lanes of the interstate.

The driver and passenger were traveling in a 2005 Hyundai SUV when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, Southern added.

“The vehicle struck a tree and caught on fire,” the trooper said.

Because of the fire, Southern said he was unable to determine whether Oakes and Beene were wearing seatbelts.

He said the wreck is under investigation by South Carolina Highway Patrol.