A wreck involving two 18-wheelers and car backed up traffic on Interstate 85 in Greenville County for much of Friday.
Corporal Bill Rhyne of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the wreck happened on I-85 at mile marker 51, near I-385.
According to Rhyne, the three vehicles were each headed south when the driver of a 2006 18-wheeler, Russell Moore, 45, of Louisville, Tennessee, swerved into the far left lane to avoid hitting a car after traffic had slowed down in front of him. He struck a 18-wheeler driven by 23-year-old Sergey Parchuk, of Asheville, causing Parchuk to lose control and cross over all three lanes and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Robert Powell, of Greer. Parchuk then went off the interstate and struck a tree, causing some of the items in his truck to spill.
Traffic delays continued into the early evening hours as crews worked to clean up the debris and remove the 18-wheeler.
Rhyne stated that Moore was charged with making an improper lane change, while Parchuk, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was cited for not wearing a seatbelt and improper lane restriction, meaning he is not lawfully allowed to drive an 18-wheeler in the far left lane of the interstate.