YORK COUNTY, S.C. — South Carolina Highway Patrol said three people are dead after three cars crashed in York County Saturday night.
The crash happened around 10:20 p.m. on McConnells Highway at Triple Creek Drive when one car crossed the centerline, sideswiped another car, causing it to hit a utility pole and then hit another car head-on, according to officials.
The car that crossed the centerline was driven by 29-year-old Wesley Kyle Blain, who died at the scene.
When Blain crossed the centerline, he struck a car driven by 15-year-old Ashton Dickey and 16-year-old Amara Stagg.
Officials said Amara was pronounced dead at the scene and Dickey was flown to a hospital in Charlotte, where she later died from her injuries.
In addition to the three fatalities, Amara's sister, Camy Stagg, who was in the back seat was taken to a nearby hospital with several broken bones but, is expected to recover.
Amara and Camy's father, Ben Stagg, called his daughter the victims of a senseless tragedy and said, "our lives will never be the same without Amara's booming laughter, colorful storytelling and deep love for her family and friends."
Channel 9 was there when the Highway Patrol's Accident Reconstruction Team arrived to try and put together how the fatal crash happened.
Caitlin Copeland, who manages the horse farm and camp near the crash scene said this tragedy hit home.
"We couldn't get in or get out. I think McConnells Highway was closed for several hours," Copeland said. "It's just heartbreaking. We've got several students that know some of the young ladies that passed and I just can't imagine how those families feel."
Neighbors who spoke to Channel 9 said crashes along Highway 322 are becoming more and more common.
"This morning, there was another wreck right up the road not far from where the other one occurred," neighbor Michael Sullivan said. "You hear cars racing a lot on the highway. It kinda hits home because it's so close and we're on these roads all the time. Young people losing their life too early."
Stagg was a rising junior at York Comprehensive High School. Dickey had been enrolled in Fort Mill Schools but had transferred out.
The crash is still under investigation.
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