The winter storm that blanketed South Carolina with snow and ice is being blamed for at least one death and thousands of traffic accidents as freezing temperatures Tuesday kept many of the state's roads a slippery mess.
Jerry Lee Smith, 49, of Greenwood died early Monday from chest trauma after his car slid off a snow-covered road and into an embankment, the Greenwood County coroner and local police said.
It was one of thousands of crashes reported after a storm dumped up to 9 inches of snow and ice on parts of the state. Officials cautioned residents to stay home for another day if possible.
Traffic was delayed Tuesday between Columbia and the state's two major northwestern cities of Spartanburg and Greenville when two tractor trailers slid into each other on Interstate 26 in Newberry County.
Officials were able to reopen one lane of westbound traffic, but could not offer travelers a detour around the crash site because of snow and ice on secondary roads. One driver was hospitalized. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.