Accidents & Traffic

Greenville Co. Coroner identifies 2 people killed in I-85 crash

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol said five vehicles were involved in a crash that left two people dead on I-85 in Greenville County Saturday. 

The accident happened at 5:10 p.m. on I-85 Southbound at mile marker 51.5.

Troopers said the crash involved a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2015 Honda Accord, a 2009 BMW four-door and a 2007 Toyota Sequoia.

Each motorcycles had a passenger.

Coroner Kent Dill identified the two people who died as Bobby Alvin Center, 47, of Duncan, and Catherine S. Lundstrom Hall, 52, of Spartanburg.

The Highway Patrol said the two motorcycles, the BMW and the Toyota were heading southbound on I-85 and the Honda was heading northbound on I-85 when the Toyota in the far right lane swerved to avoid hit the rear of slowing traffic into the middle lane and hit the BMW.  

Troopers said the Toyota then went into the far left lane and hit the two motorcycles.

All motorcycles riders were ejected. The passenger on the 2000 Harley Davidson and the driver and passenger of the 2011 Harley Davidson were ejected and flew over the median wall and into northbound I-85 traffic.

The passenger on the 2011 Harley Davidson was hit by the Honda.

Troopers said the driver of the 2000 Harley Davidson - later identified as Center - and the passenger of the 2011 Harley Davidson - later identified as Hall - were killed.

Dill says Center died after he hit the cement barrier and landed in the roadway and Hall died after she was hit by oncoming traffic.

Troopers said the passenger on the 2000 Harley Davidson was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital and the operator of the 2011 Harley Davidson was taken to Greenville Memorial by EMS.

The drivers of the Honda, the BMW and the Toyota were not injured.

All lanes of traffic were blocked at Exit 51A-South Carolina 146-Woodruff Road-Greenville and Exit 51C-Interstate 385 North-Greenville for several hours until just before 10 p.m. Saturday. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the crash.


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