Posted in Personal Injury on July 17, 2021

GAFFNEY, SC – Three people died in an eight-vehicle crash on I-85 on Thursday, July 16, according to the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office.

FOX Carolina reported that an 18-wheeler rear-ended a chain of seven cars that were stopped in a single southbound lane near exit 90. Two people died at the scene: Thomas Newman McElroy, 58, and his wife, 60-year-old Ruth Ann McElroy. Karen Marie Goggin, 60, died from her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Six other people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Cherokee County Coroner said the construction project on the highway is to blame. While construction crews work to widen I-85, a “chute” reroutes traffic around the construction in one single lane. Coroner Dennis Fowler calls it a “death trap.”

SCDOT, SCHP, the MAIT Team and law enforcement are investigating the crash.

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