Two women and a man died on Tuesday afternoon in a Cherokee County crash, termed a “death trap” on Interstate 85, according to Coroner Dennis Fowler.
The Cherokee County crash occurred just before 3 p.m. in a single-lane chute built to divert traffic away from construction on I-85.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office said there were seven vehicles involved in the crash.
Among the victims were Thomas and Ruth McElroy, a married couple from Townville. Thomas was 58 and his wife was 60. According to the coroner’s office, the couple died at the scene of the accident.
Sixty-year-old Karie Marie Goggin of Virginia was the third victim. She was the passenger in a Ford Focus. Goggin was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center where she passed away.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Ford was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center.
The victims’ vehicles were in a series of chain-reaction collisions.
Fowler argued that chutes were not safe for motorists and they “should be called death traps”.
He noted that the chutes have been endorsed by state officials.
“It seems none of those officials are around to ride with me to knock on the doors of next of kin to deliver the message a loved one has been killed in this maze of concrete. Something must be done immediately,” Fowler said.
One lane of I-85 northbound and one lane of I-85 southbound remain blocked at Exit 90 for several hours.
The interstate also remained closed to traffic for more than four hours and troopers said traffic was backed up for several miles.
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