2 killed in wrong-way crash on Interstate 85


ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on Labor Day that shut down Interstate 85.

The crash happened around 12:15 a.m. Monday on I-85 South near Piedmont.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said two people were killed when a car going the wrong way crashed head on into another vehicle.

Boseman said four people were in the vehicle traveling south when it was hit by a wrong-way driver.

Authorities say two passengers in the vehicle that was hit died at the scene.

Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said a 20-year-old Georgia man was headed south on the interstate when the Volkswagen he was driving was hit by a man traveling north in the southbound lane.

Hovis said the Volkswagen driver was airlifted to a hospital. A 13-year-old passenger in his vehicle was also hospitalized. Both were wearing seat belts.

Two other passengers in the Volkswagen died at the scene of the crash. Troopers say those two passengers were not restrained.

Hovis said the Volkswagen was hit by a 2006 Chrysler driven by a 63-year-old Sumter man. That driver was also taken to the hospital with injuries.

Their conditions are unknown at this time.

The deceased victims’ names have not been released. 

Southbound I-85 was temporarily closed following the crash, which remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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