SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) — Two lanes of southbound Interstate 85 were blocked several hours following a deadly crash near Duncan.
The S.C. Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Trooper Joe Hovis says two people were killed and another person hurt in the accident at mile marker 63.
Hovis says a pickup truck rear ended a tractor trailer. Both drivers stopped and were apparently out of their vehicles when another tractor trailer hit the pickup truck. The driver and passenger in the pickup died at the scene.
The coroner identified the victims as 76-year-old Jeff Virgil Whitlock Jr. and Jarrett James Whitlock, 18, both of Chubby Smith Road in Toccoa, Georgia.
Hovis says the truck hit the 52-year-old man driving the first tractor trailer. He was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the second tractor trailer was not reportedly hurt.
I-85 South was completely blocked for a time. One lane reopened just after 3 a.m. Traffic was backed up several miles during the morning commute.
The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
This is the latest incident in recent months where not the initial impact but the aftermath of the crash turned deadly on a Spartanburg County interstate.
In late March, an elderly driver’s vehicle was rear ended on I-26. When the man got out of his car, another car passing the scene struck and killed him.
Lee Griffin with AAA Travel Carolinas said it the situation required you to exit your vehicle, head for the grass.
“The safest spot would be on the other side of the guardrail, of course. If a car is dodging you and runs off the road, the other side of the guardrail is best case scenario for all of us.”
Griffin adds it is best to stay calm, move your car to the shoulder, call 911, and remain inside your car while help is on the way.