UPDATE: Georgia Man Identified in Fatal Accident that Caused Heavily Delays on Interstate 26


April 24, 2018

LAURENS, SC – April 22, 2018 (islandpacket.com). According to an online report at islandpacket.com, a fatal accident on a major thoroughfare in South Carolina caused hundreds to drivers to be stranded on Sunday, April 22, 2018.*

Traffic came to a complete halt at around 2:15 p.m. on Interstate 26 in Laurens County, per the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  The crash occurred near mile marker fifty six near Clinton, causing all eastbound lanes to be closed on the interstate between Spartanburg and Columbia.  

According to the report, “the traffic, which was coming from Greenville and Spartanburg, began to slowly move around 4:30 p.m. when one lane was reopened, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The interstate was fully open again by 7:15 Sunday night.”

A driver of a 2001 Chevrolet SUV crashed into a 1997 Jeep Wrangler as both were going eastbound on I-26. The driver of the jeep, James Spires, of Hinesville, Georgia, was ejected from the vehicle, causing him to suffer severe injuries. Spire died at the scene of the accident due to blunt force trauma to the head and chest.  He was pronounced dead at the crash site.

It is not known whether Spires was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, however, the driver of the Chevrolet SUV was wearing her seat belt and as a result, was uninjured in the collision.

Traffic, due to the accident, was routed in a detour off of South Carolina Highway sixty six and US 76 in Newberry, per the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.  A driver on the highway at the time of the collision indicated that it “had turned into a ‘parking lot,’ literally, as drivers are getting out of their cars, hanging out, walking pets etc."

The crash is currently being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. No further details on the crash are available at this time.

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