Passenger killed in crash on I-26 in Spartanburg Co. ID’d, tractor trailer driver cited

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a tractor trailer driver was cited in a deadly crash that happened on Interstate 26 in southern Spartanburg County Thursday.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said the three-vehicle crash happened around 4:35 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 42 along I-26 West.

The driver of a 1991 Ford pickup truck stopped to help a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck broken down on the side of the interstate when the driver of a 1999 Freightline tractor trailer traveled off of the right side of the road and crashed into the Ford, troopers say.

That wreck caused the Ford to crash into the S-10.

Troopers said a passenger sitting inside the S-10 died at the scene.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the passenger as Lori Michelle Gahagan, 49, of Spartanburg.

Clevenger said Gahagan was pronounced dead at the scene at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Toxicology results and a forensic exam are pending at this time.

The tractor trailer driver, Gary Coffey, 54, of Mooresburg, Tenn., was charged with driving too fast for conditions, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Coffey was not hurt in the crash.

The crash temporarily blocked all lanes of I-26.

The sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office are continuing to investigate the crash.

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