Three Killed in Tragic Crash on Old Cherry Road Close to Clemson in South Carolina (SC)
PICKENS COUNTY, SC- Wspa.com writes that three people were killed in a crash this week close to Clemson. The three victims include a twenty-year-old man, a sixteen-year-old girl, and an eighteen-year-old girl.*
The wreck occurred overnight on Old Cherry Road close to its intersection with Old Stone Church Road. The driver, who was operating a 2014 Subaru BRZ heading northbound, veered off the roadway and collided with a telephone pole. The impact killed the driver and one of the passengers at the site, and the other passenger died later in the hospital. Another passenger was also in the Subaru at the time. That individual was injured, but the extent of his or her injuries is not yet known. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.
Many fatal crashes involve drivers striking a fixed object on the road. These collisions killed 7,422 people in 2018. That number, while high, is lower than the number of people killed in 2017, and 30 percent lower than the number of such deaths in 1979. Still, the percentage of crash victims who have lost their lives in such incidents has stayed steady at about nineteen to 23 percent for three decades. In other words, about one in five crash victims dies in a wreck with a roadside object.
Trees are the main culprit in fixed object crashes. The next most commonly struck object is a utility pole. Nearly half of such wrecks take place at night.
Some of the main causes of fixed object crashes include speeding, falling asleep behind the wheel, loss of attention, poor visibility, and drunk driving. In many cases, these crashes only involve one vehicle, but other times, they involve multiple vehicles colliding, leading to a crash with an object.
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