Early Morning Head-On Collision on I-85 in Anderson County Leaves 2 People Dead and 3 Others Injured
ANDERSON COUNTY, SC – According to an online news article published by foxcarolina.com, two people are dead, and three others are injured following an accident on I-85.*
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office reports that an early-morning accident on I-85 caused two deaths and injuries to three others. The accident happened when a Georgia family of four traveling southbound on I-85 in a 2002 Volkswagen was hit head-on by a 2006 Chrysler traveling northbound on I-85.
According to state troopers, the driver and front-seat passenger of the 2002 Volkswagen were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Both victims survived and were transported to by helicopter to a nearby hospital for treatment. The two backseat passengers were not wearing seatbelts and did not survive the accident. These two back seat passengers are reported to be the father and grandmother of the driver and front passenger who survived the accident.
The driver of the 2006 Chrysler survived the accident and was wearing a seatbelt at the time the accident happened. The driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
The southbound lanes of I-85 were shut down for hours while law enforcement officials investigated the scene of the accident. No additional details about the accident are available. As such, it is unclear what caused or contributed to cause the head-on collision that left two people dead and three others with injuries.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
When two vehicles slam into each other head-on, the consequences can be catastrophic and fatal. There are many reasons why head-on collisions happen, and some of those reasons include, among others, the following:
- Distracted driving (such as texting or talking on the phone without using a hands-free method);
- Falling asleep at the wheel (or driving while drowsy);
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Low visibility caused by darkness or bad weather conditions (such as fog, snow, hail, rain, and high winds); and
- Brake or tire failure (among other vehicular failures or defects).
Any of these factors can cause or contribute to cause a vehicle to lose control and cross the center line of a road or highway, resulting in a potentially fatal head-on collision.
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