79-year old truck driver killed when tree crashes onto truck in Chester


79-year old Floyd Sims, a truck driver in South Carolina, who's been driving for decades, died in Chester Friday morning, after the coroner says a tree crashed onto his big rig as he was driving down the road.

“It’s the worst thing that I ever experienced,” said Heyward Neal, Sims’ boss, who was visibly upset.

Sims was from Newberry, South Carolina. He was a great-grandfather out driving a truck, like he had done for about 50 years.

“He was always on time, and a lot of times he would beat me to the job, he was just a good person,” Neal said.

Friday morning Sims was driving a logging truck down Highway 72 in Chester when the coroner says a tree that may have been weak from all the heavy rain fell from the woods and crashed onto the cab of Sims’s big rig, killing him.

“I know it could have happened to anybody, but I’m just so sad that it happened to him,” Neal said.

According to the coroner, Sims was thrown from the truck. The coroner said the trailer rolled over him, the truck slid down an embankment, turning over and spilling logs.

“I understand that the tree went inside the truck and snatched him out,” Neal said.

“It wasn’t his fault at all. It was just I guess an act of nature.”

Sims’ boss saying he was one of the best truck drivers he’s ever had.

“He’s going to be missed. I know that I already miss him, and I’m just so hurt right now. I hate to even have to go to face his family to explain the things that I saw today.”


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