ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Southbound Interstate 85 was shut down for several hours following a deadly crash in Anderson County.
Troopers said two tractor trailers crashed on I-85 South near Exit 27. The wreck happened at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday about five miles north of Anderson.
Trooper Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis said a Georgia man driving a 2017 Kenmore tractor trailer was parked on the shoulder of I-85 South when he was hit by another tractor trailer that ran off the side of the road.
The driver of the second tractor trailer, James Waley Fields, 52, of Greenville, died at the scene after rear ending the first truck, according to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office and highway patrol.
The driver of the Kenmore tractor trailer was not hurt.
A witness told 7 News the second tractor trailer burst into flames, creating a fireball. The witness said he estimated the fire was about four stories high. He also said he pulled the driver, who later died, from the wreckage.
Two lanes of southbound I-85 reopened shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday, nearly six hours after the crash.
South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Anderson County Coroner’s Office will continue to investigate the crash.