ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – One person has died and two others were hurt after a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling chickens on a bridge in Anderson County.
Townville Fire Department said the crash involving a tractor trailer and two other vehicles happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 24 at the double bridges over Lake Hartwell.
One person died at the scene while another person had to be airlifted to the hospital. A third person was also taken to the hospital.
Anderson Co. Deputy Coroner Don McCown identified the person killed as 61-year-old David Harold McDonald.
McDonald had just dropped off a friend and was headed to his home in the Homeland Park area when he crossed the center line and crashed head on into the tractor trailer, McCown said.
It’s unknown why McDonald crossed the center line.
The tractor trailer tipped over and was leaning off the side of the bridge following the crash.
Four crates of chickens fell off of the truck and over the side of the bridge into the water below.
The S.C. Department of Transportation responded to the scene to inspect the bridge.
Crews worked several hours to remove the tractor trailer.
Firefighters say the chickens were being hauled by Columbia Farms and warn nearby residents they may see chickens floating in the water.
DHEC, DNR, and the Corps of Engineers were also notified about the crash and hazmat crews were also called to the scene.
Highway 24 was reopened by 11 p.m. Monday.