1 dead after two-vehicle crash on I-85 in Cherokee Co.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said one person died following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 southbound in Cherokee County early Wednesday morning.

According to SCHP Master Trooper Gary Miller, troopers were called to crash on I-85 southbound near mile marker 86 to investigate a two-vehicle deadly crash.

Miller said a 2017 Chevrolet Spark and a 2013 Nissan SUV were traveling south on I-85 when the Chevrolet made an improper lane change, hit the Nissan, lost control of the vehicle and then overturned.

The driver of the Chevrolet, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was trapped and extricated from the vehicle and taken to Gaffney Medical by EMS, where they later died from their injuries.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the driver of the Chevrolet as Mildred Collins Reid, of Elkin, NC.

“Ms. Reid was driver and lone occupant of a 2017 Chevrolet 4 door that was headed south on I-85 at 5:07 a.m. She maneuvered from the right to left lane at the 86 mile marker momentarily. When she attempted to move back to the right lane, her vehicle was struck in the rear by a second vehicle also headed south,” Fowler said. “Following contact, Reid’s vehicle overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side. Reid was entrapped for a short time before being extricated by Fire and EMS personnel. Reid was transported by ambulance to Cherokee Medical Center in Gaffney where she died at 6:55 a.m.”

Fowler said an autopsy will be performed and the coroner’s office and SCHP are continuing to investigate the crash.

The driver and passenger in the Nissan were both seat belted and were not injured in the crash.

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