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I-77 crash kills 1, injures 2

Aug 17, 2010 7:03:00 AM - thestate.com
One person died and two Chester County women were treated at a Rock Hill hospital after a fiery crash on Interstate 77 that backed up traffic for miles Monday afternoon and evening.

Damage to the interstate caused officials to keep the two lanes affected by the fire closed overnight. Repairs will begin on the left lane Tuesday morning.

Around 2:40 p.m. Monday, a tractor-trailer carrying gasoline overturned, crashed and caught fire. The driver of that vehicle died, officials said. The driver's name was not available late Monday as authorities attempted to contact family.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Billy Elder said the Freightliner truck, towing a tank of fuel, collided with a 1997 Plymouth sedan in the southbound lanes.

"Following the collision, the tanker truck caught fire," Elder said.

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