Bullet hits Upstate man’s truck while passing other car

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man’s pickup truck was shot from inside another vehicle while on the road, according to an incident report.

It happened in Oconee County on Highway 24 around 5:30 a.m. Thursday and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

It’s the same route Justin Powers always takes to work. “I live in Anderson, and was heading to Clayton Georgia for work,” said Powers. Thursday morning, he said his friend Adam Dyar was in the front seat.

“We came upon a car up here in Townville,” said Dyar. That’s when they said their commute took a dramatic turn.

“I was about 30 or 40 feet from him and he slammed on the brakes on me twice – just about came to a dead stop,” said Powers.

Powers said that’s why he decided to pass. “I’m in the wrong for passing on the double lines, but they slammed the brakes on me twice,” he said. That’s when he says the situation turned violent.

“As soon as I went around him, it sounded like a cannon went off beside the truck,” said Powers.

“It was loud,” said Dyer. “I didn’t know if they hit the truck with something or what and then I rolled down the window and seen the bullet hole and that’s when I knew it was a gunshot.”

They pulled over at Perry Woolbright Road, and reporter the incident. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and officials say they’re not classifying this as a road rage case because they have yet to find the other driver.

“It’s a two door, red Honda Accord,” said Powers.

He said they’re hoping deputies find the car along with the man and woman who were inside.

“I was just on the way to work, you know,” said Dyer. “It was very scary.”

“God was definitely with us,” said Powers. “He was definitely watching over us.”

Powers says he could only make out a partial plate number and he’s given that information to authorities. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said when encountering tension with other drivers, staying calm is important to help deescalate the situation. They also advise getting away from that vehicle if possible. But if you feel threatened, call the police and relay a description of the other vehicle and its occupants.

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