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Deadly Rear-end Collision Injures Six, Kills Three on I-85 in Gaffney, South Carolina

August 01, 2021

GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA - A news article published on reports that three people were tragically killed in an eight-vehicle accident along Interstate 85 in Gaffney.*

According to the Cherokee County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol,  at around 2:50 in the afternoon, the motor vehicles were part of a chain-reaction collision that occurred in the southbound "chute" lane.  The chute lane was constructed to redirect traffic around the I-85 construction project by exit 90.  

Seven of the vehicles involved in the accident were all stopped with traffic when a semi-tractor-trailer truck began the rear-end collision pileup. As a result of the rear-end collision, three cars were pushed into the northbound traffic lanes.  Six people were taken to a local area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Coroner Dennis Fowler named three accident victims who did not survive the accident.  The two people were tragically pronounced dead at the accident scene.   A 60-year-old female was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center, where she tragically passed away in the emergency department.

This accident is currently under investigation by SCHP, the MAIT Team, SCDOT, and other law enforcement officers to understand what caused to the tragic crash.  A petition urging for Governor Henry McMaster to order immediate changes to correct the area in Gaffney has also been launched.

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