BUFFALO — A Pauline man is in the hospital after being found in his car in a creek off Mt. Lebanon Road.
L/Cpl Gary Miller of the SC Highway Patrol said that Ralph Wilson Goodwin, 60, Pauline, was driving north on Mt. Lebanon Road toward SC 215 when his 1989 Honda ran off the left side of the road and down the embankment into the creek.
Miller said that the time of the accident is unknown, but that it appeared only Goodwin’s vehicle was involved. He said Goodwin was not wearing a seatbelt, but was not ejected from the vehicle in the crash. It also appeared that Goodwin was alone in the vehicle when the accident occurred.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor was one of the emergency personnel to respond to the accident scene Monday afternoon. Taylor said that a member of Goodwin’s family had contacted Union County Dispatch to ask that law enforcement be on the lookout for him since he had not returned home Sunday night. He said dispatch told the family that since Goodwin had last been seen in Spartanburg County they should contact Spartanburg County Dispatch.
Taylor said that Goodwin was found around 2:30 p.m. Monday when a passing motorist noticed tire tracks running off the embankment into the creek. He said that when emergency personnel found Goodwin he was unconscious and did not regain consciousness when he was extracted from his car.
Miller said that Wilson was tranported by the Union County EMS to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon.
The accident remains under investigation.