State Paper dated January 18, 1975
Man Is Killed In Truck Fire
A West Columbia man ws killed Friday when he was trapped in a sanitation truck which overturned and caught fire.
Ezra "Butch" Herring, Jr, 26, of 41 Dubbs Drive in West Cola, a sanitation engineer with the City of Columbia, was driving a 40 ton sanitation truck when the accident occurred. He was to have picked up a dumpster at a convenience store 50 feet from the crash site.
Apparently the truck was not speeding, because no skid marks were found, Columbia Police Sgt L F Quick said. The truck was heading north near the intersection of Park and Whaley Streets about 1am. It crossed railroad tracks on Park St and moments later veered off the east side of the road. The truck traveled 80 feet, knocked over and uprooting a large tree. It then turned on its side and stopped in front of 120 Park St., Quick said.
Three pumper trucks and a ladder truck arrived three minutes after the fire was reported and began laying hose. Twenty firemen fought the blaze and brought it under control in 16 minutes. Richland County Coroner Cecil Wiles said why Herring lost control of the truck and crashed has not been determined. He was born in Dillon Cty and had lived the past 17 years in West Columbia, SC. He was a son of the late Ezra Lawton Sr and Inez Murphy Herring.
Surviving are his widow, Mary Lovett Herring; three brothers, James Herring of Dillon, Bobbie Herring of Elizabeth City, NC., and Ricky Herring Jackson of Wilmington, NC.
Services will be 4pm today in Thompson Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev O'Dell Belger. Burial will be in Celestial Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robert McNair, Charles Martin, Franklin Jolly, White Martin, Ted Martin, and Glenn Hall.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 17 May 2005.