A vehicle driven by Tammy Smith of Johnston collided with a logging truck Thursday evening, Oct. 15, at the intersection of Fruit Hill Road and Hwy 378. Smith was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC, with extensive injuries. The Advertiser has learned that the driver of the logging truck may have sustained minor injuries, as well, as sources say that he was treated for injuries and released.
Smith is the mother of eleven children, eight of whom are home schooled; three have already graduated. Her husband is a truck driver. The Advertiser has spoken with a source close to the family who confirmed that while Smith is currently listed in stable condition, her injuries are described as “life-altering with the potential for continual care.” To that end, efforts are being made throughout the community to assist this family. Financial donations may be made at www.gofundme.com or sent directly to Philippi Baptist Church, 125 Steeple Road, Johnston, SC, 29832. Please be sure to mark donations sent to the church Attention; Smith family. Additionally, meals, childcare, groceries, etc., may be donated through www.mealtrain.com. A social media site has also been set up for Smith at #Pray4TammySmith.