1 dead, 2 injured after crash following chase in Laurens Co.

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LAURENS CO., SC (WSPA) – One person has died and two others were flown to the hospital after a chase ended with a crash Wednesday in Laurens County.

The crash happened on Torrington Road at about 7:10 p.m., South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Laurens Police said officers originally responded to a 911 call at a Walmart store around 6:30 p.m. Police said deputies later attempted to stop a vehicle which matched a description and license plate number from that incident.

The subject vehicle matched the description of a theft from Walmart involving a stolen TV, according to Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy saw the driver and front seat passenger holding the TV box on the roof with their hands.

Troopers said a car was headed eastbound attempting to elude law enforcement when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

One person in the car was killed in the crash while two others were flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Laurens County Coroner identified the victim as 46-year-old Christopher Butler of Greenville. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said their Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

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