GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Trooper Daniel K. Rebman Jr. has died after a crash on Interstate 385 near Greenville.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened in the southbound lanes near the Bridges Road exit just before 12:30 a.m.
According to the Highway Patrol, Greenville Trooper Daniel K. Rebman was inside his patrol vehicle, parked in an emergency lane.
Deputies say a pickup truck left its lane and hit the trooper’s vehicle from behind.
Rebman was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
The sheriff’s office says no one else was injured in the collision. All southbound lanes of I-385 were closed for several hours before being reopened early Tuesday.
“It is impossible to put into words how deeply saddened we are by the loss of one of our own in the line-of-duty today,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “This is a devastating loss for Trooper Rebman’s family, our agency, the law enforcement community and the State of South Carolina. This young trooper died a hero working to protect and serve his community and state.”
“Trooper Rebman had only been on the road as a trooper for about a year, but he had developed close bonds with troopers through his work as a dispatcher and time on the road,” said SCHP Commander Col. Chris Williamson. “He was well-loved and this loss is felt acutely throughout our ranks. We ask for continued prayer for his family and for the troopers of Troop 3 who worked alongside him.”
Trooper Rebman joined SCHP with Basic Class 99 in September, 2016. He is a Florida native who began his time with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the Charleston and Berkeley area. Rebman was later transferred to Troop Three in the Greenville area.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the collision and will release details of the collision.
“The Highway Patrol and DPS are a family, and we are here to support Trooper Rebman and his family during this time,” said SCDPS Director Smith also said. “We ask the public to keep Trooper Rebman and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”