Truck Driver Killed In Fiery Two Tractor Trailer Head On Crash

A truck driver lost his life in South Carolina last night when his rig crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with another semi truck.

Semi Crashed Through Cable Barrier Into Oncoming Traffic

The crash happened just after 8 p.m. on I-85 in Cherokee County. Near mile marker 106, a northbound semi veered off of the interstate, drove through the median and cable barrier, then crossed over into southbound traffic. There, the truck collided with a southbound tractor trailer and both trucks caught fire. Smoke from the crash was visible for miles.

Good Samaritans pulled the driver and a passenger out of the southbound truck. The driver of the northbound truck died in the crash.

Witness: Truck Blew Tire Seconds Before Crash

Investigators say that they are not sure what caused the truck driver to lose control and leave the roadway. However, a witness says that he saw the truck blow a tire moments before the crash.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said  “The victim was burned beyond recognition. I will rely on dental records for identification.

The crash caused major traffic disruptions. Northbound I-85 reopened around 1:30 a.m. One southbound lane of I-85 reopened around 9 a.m. today, but the fiery crash caused damage to the roadway and 400 feet of guardrail. The South Carolina Department of Transportation has called in a contractor to begin emergency repair work.

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