One dead, two injured in fiery head-on crash on I-85 - | WBTV Charlotte

One dead, two injured in fiery head-on crash on I-85

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One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash on I-85 near the North Carolina/South Carolina border Tuesday evening.

The crash happened on I-85 southbound approximately 800 feet north of Exit 106, which is the Highway 29 E.Cherokee Street exit. Officials with Cherokee County said the crash involved two tractor trailers that hit head-on.

Officials said one person was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to the hospital. There is no word on their conditions.

The tractor trailers erupted in heavy flames after the crash. 


The left southbound lane reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The right southbound lane and Exit 106 southbound will remain closed, crews said. 

The SCDOT said work is expected to last through the day Wednesday and into Wednesday night. Nearly 400 feet of guardrail was damaged in the crash, according to SCDOT. 

Those heading north from SC should take Exits 102 or 106 to Hwy 29, back to Dixon School Rd and onto I-85.

Investigators have not said what may have led to the crash or how the trucks hit head-on.

No names have been released.

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