2 injured in 3-vehicle collision on 85 near Gaffney, troopers say

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(WSPA) – Two people were injured, including one that was airlifted, following a three-vehicle collision on 85 near Gaffney Sunday afternoon, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

According to the SCHP, the incident happened around 12:24 p.m. Sunday on 85 southbound near the chute by mile marker 91.

Troopers said two motorcycles were traveling south on 85 when one of them struck the rear of another vehicle. As a result, the other motorcycle collided with the first one.

One person was airlifted and another was transported to a nearby hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The SCHP said traffic was backed up for roughly four miles following the crash, but the area has since been cleared.

Owner of Upstate Rider Training, Russell McCombs says the amount of motorcycle crashes he sees each year is why he’s now dedicated to teaching people riding bikes how to stay safe.

“There is a lot of young riders in the upstate. We need to have folks not take chances. You need to know that you can make it in front of traffic and around traffic. The road is not a race track. One of the biggest things and something near to my heart is take training,” McCombs said.

One of the most important things he says is preparing for stops way ahead of time.…

“,McCombs said, “If I see it 5 cars ahead I’m almost telling the future, I’m going to start to break right then, past that breaking behind me, so a car from behind me doesn’t hit me.”

McCombs says for drivers in a car, there’s also ways to protect motorcyclists on the road…

“For moms and dads that have kids in the car, a great game to play is have your kids find the motorcycles, they’re going to say hey there’s a motorcycle dad, there’s a motorcycle mom,” McCombs said.

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