Driver dies after crashing into Lake Hartwell from I-85


Crews work to retrieve vehicle after a driver crashed into Lake Hartwell from Interstate 85 early Thursday morning (WSPA).

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a driver is dead after plunging from Interstate 85 into Lake Hartwell.

Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck happened around 1:50 a.m. Thursday near mile marker 12.

The driver of a 2013 Dodge was traveling north on I-85 when they entered the median, hit a culvert and went into the lake.

Hovis said the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped. They died at the scene. 

The victim’s name has not been released.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said he’s waiting on crews to pull the vehicle from the lake.

A command post has been set up at Portman Marina.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. J.T. Foster said it was his understanding that the vehicle was located near mile marker 13 off of I-85.

Foster later confirmed that the vehicle had been located by divers and said a team was currently working to recover the vehicle, as well as any possible occupants.

According to Foster, an investigation into how the vehicle ended up in the lake is ongoing at this time.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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