I-85 partially reopened after deadly crash involving 2 tractor-trailers

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. - Most lanes of Interstate 85 are open again after a deadly fiery crash in the southbound lanes near the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.

The wreck happened at about 8:16 p.m. Tuesday, near mile marker 106, north of Blacksburg in Cherokee County.

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According to the Cherokee County coroner, the crash involved two tractor-trailers. One driver was headed northbound and crossed into the median, clipped a cable barrier and drove into southbound traffic.

The big rig T-boned another tractor-trailer and caught fire, officials said.

A witness pulled a driver and passenger out of one truck, but the other driver died.

“The victim was burned beyond recognition. I will rely on dental records for identification,” Fowler said.

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An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.

Fowler said it was unknown what caused the driver to cross into oncoming traffic.

The SCDOT said that the northbound lanes of I-85 were moving just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

One southbound lane will remain closed during cleanup and is not expected to reopen until Wednesday night.

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