2 teens killed and a 3rd critically injured in Saluda, SC

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SALUDA, S.C. (WJBF) — Saluda County is mourning two of its own. 17-year-old Drayton Black, 16-year-old Jaden Coleman, and his brother Kadius were in a wreck on Long Road on Monday night.

“Today has been a challenging day for Saluda County Schools and our whole Saluda County,” said Saluda County Superintendent, Dr. Harvey Livingston. “The fact that we are such a tight-knit family helps us in times like this.”

Drayton and Jaden Coleman, both died at the scene. Kadius was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“To lose two students, that makes it doubly tough because we’re dealing with two families,” said Dr. Livingston.

The superintendent for the school system says incidents like this rarely happen in the county. He says it impacts everyone.

“We will have counselors at our schools again for the rest of the week, and probably into next week,” said Dr. Livingston. “Obviously, after the funeral, there will be more mourning.”

Churches in the area have opened their doors for people who need a place to come together. Dr. Livingston asks for the surrounding city’s prayers during this rough time.

“There may be a need for resources in the coming days,” explained Dr. Livingston. “Until we speak with the families, all we need are prayers and positive thoughts.”

The funeral director for Ramey Funeral Home told NewsChannel 6 reporter, Devin Johnson, Drayton’s funeral will be this Saturday at 11 AM in the Saluda High School Gym. Jayden’s funeral has yet to be determined.


SALUDA, S.C. (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 has learned 2 young men were killed and a 3rd remains in critical condition after a crash Monday night.

Drayton Wade Black, 17, and Jaden Coleman, 16, both died at the scene, while Jaden’s brother was taken to Prisma Health Richland Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Black was a senior and Jaden was a sophomore at Saluda High School.

Per the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), the 3 were driving on Long Road at US Highway 378 (Columbia Highway) around 10:15 pm when the accident happened. The driver of the 2007 Chevy Silverado lost control and hit a tree.

The collision is still under investigation by the Saluda County Coroner’s Office and SC Highway Patrol.

NewsChannel 6 will continue to update this developing story.

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