Motorcyclist, passenger burned after fuel spill in Hickory Tavern

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HICKORY TAVERN, S.C. (WSPA) – Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said a motorcyclist and their passenger were burned Sunday afternoon after the bike tilted and spilled fuel.

Deputies said two officers were parked at the intersection of Neely Ferry Road and Wasson Gin Road at about 5 p.m. The officers saw a motorcycle, which was believed to be have just eluded law enforcement during an attempted traffic stop, drive in front of them and stop.

The officers made contact with the driver then assisted the motorcyclist and their passenger off of the bike, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said the motorcycle did not have a gas cap and spilled fuel, causing a fire. The officers worked to quickly extinguish the fire.

The driver of the motorcycle was burned and flown to the Augusta Burn Center, according to the sheriff’s office. The passenger was burned on the foot.

7 News will update this story as information becomes available.

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