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Wendells concert goers recount chaos after crash

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) - Concert goers in Anderson County are recounting the chaotic moments following a crash that injured multiple people. 

3 pedestrians and the drivers of both vehicles involved in the wreck were hurt. 

South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers say Jarred Buffington, 21, of Belton is charged with Driving Under the Influence and Open Container in connection to the crash. Buffington is out on bond. 

"Did that really all just happen?" Megan Bannister told 7News. 

Megan and Jared Bannister woke up Saturday morning still in disbelief of the chaos that unfolded outside Wendells Dippin Branch following an Upchurch band concert the night before. 

"As soon as the concert was over 2 cars had a head-on collision right outside the concert," said one witness. 

"There was a couple people that were apparently trying to cross the road ans some of them got hit," another witness told 7News. 

Jared Bannister is one of several people struck by a car in the crash on Highway 29. He tells 7News the car that hit him was stopped, while police allowed pedestrians to cross the road. Bannister says as he began to walk another car, traveling at a high speed, hit the stopped car that he was standing right in front of. 

"It just came at me," he said. 

"Both of them [the cars] were spinning," Megan Bannister added. 

Moments before the crash, Megan had crossed the highway to get her car and drive everyone home safely. That's when she says she heard tires squealing, the sound of 2 cars colliding and then got a phone call from her sister, also at the concert, that changed the course of their night. 

"I looked down right beside the car and there's my sister and several ladies gathered around Jared holding his head still," she said. "He's just looking with a blank stare. Pale." 

The crash has shaken the Bannisters and many others at Wendells Friday night. The couple says even with all the chaos people stepped up to help the injured. 

"There were so many people that were right there with me, that I had never met before. Never seen before a day in my life, that were letting me know Megan it's okay. He's going to be fine," she told 7News. 

The couple says the damage to the cars is why they are counting their blessings, because they were able to walk away with barely a scratch. 


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