Woman ‘hoarding fuel’ catches fire after crash during attempted traffic stop in Pickens Co.


PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A woman, who deputies say was hoarding fuel in her trunk, caught on fire after a crash in Pickens County on Thursday night.

A Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a 2007 Pontiac G6 traveling on Jameson Road in Pickens. They say it had a stolen license plate.

As the vehicle approached the intersection of Jameson Rd. and Wolf Creek Rd., the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver of the Pontiac turned left onto Wolf Creek Rd. and attempted to escape.

Deputies say the driver of the Pontiac lost control of the vehicle and flipped it. The vehicle caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver exited the vehicle and was on fire. The deputy pushed her to the ground to put out the flames, deputies said in a press release.

She was transported to the hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.

She told deputies that she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk of the vehicle.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene to investigate.

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