Fatal collision late Thursday closes south lanes of I-77 south in wrong-way collision
Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby 04:53 a.m.) – A fatal collision that occurred sometime around 10:30 p.m. Thursday involved multiple cars and closed the south bound lanes of I-77 near the exit ramp to I-26 and Charleston Highway. Cayce DPS officers were first to arrive on the scene. They began to deal with the collision that involved three or more vehicles and a number of people who were injured in varying degrees. Eventually, law enforcement set up a detour that allowed motorists that were stopped to get off the interstate and ramp and go around the closed lanes.
Details are very few at this hour; however, we do know that officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene assisting with the crash and the subsequent traffic that backed up quickly. The ramp at I-77 and Charleston Highway was clogged and at one point at least one police officer had to abandon his cruiser and walk down a small lane left open to begin clearing up cars that had blocked the road.
According to Chief Byron Snelgrove of the Cayce DPS, the car that had the deceased driver in it was travelling the wrong way on the interstate when she struck another vehicle. Sveral agencies had criminal investigators enroute. Several officers were referring to one person involved as a “suspect” and not a patient. Cayce and the SCHP also had senior supervisors on the scene.
Besides the officers from Cayce and crews from their fire station, there were personnel there from Lexington County EMS, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, the SC Highway Patrol, and other agencies. All deaths in our county are investigated by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher’s office who handles some of the preliminary investigation and notifies the families of the deceased prior to releasing any names of those who have passed.
We will update this story throughout the day as more information becomes available.