Motorcyclist dies from burns suffered in fuel spill in Laurens County

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — A motorcyclist has died following an accident involving the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on April 25.

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said a motorcyclist and their passenger were burned on April 25 after when a gasoline spill caught fire.

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.

An incident report said that a deputy removed the driver from the motorcycle and placed him on the ground. The motorcycle then fell over after a female passenger got off of the bike, the report said.

Deputies said the motorcycle did not have a gas cap and spilled fuel.

The incident report said that the exhaust pipe then fell off of the motorcycle into a puddle of gasoline, causing a fire.

Deputies attempted to put out the fire with fire extinguishers and a towel, the report said.

The driver of the motorcycle was badly burned and flown to the JMS Burn Center in Augusta, according to the sheriff’s office. The passenger was suffered a burn to the foot.

According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, 60-year-old Michael Henry Miller died on April 27 after being flown to burn center. The case remains under investigation and an autopsy is pending.

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