Drugs Suspected in a Six-Car Wreck
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 20, 2015 in Auto Accidents
A recent crash involving six vehicles on Interstate 85 may have involved drugs or alcohol according to investigators.
The accident occurred on Wednesday night in Spartanburg County at approximately 11 p.m. close to mile marker 67.
Four individuals were fatally injured in the wreck according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. All were residents of Spartanburg County.
At the time of the accident, the cause of the accident was unclear. Now, however, investigators suspect that alcohol and drugs may have been the cause.
The accident was caused by a driver driving the wrong way on the interstate. While the three victims who died as a result of their injuries were identified in the initial reports, the name of the driver, who also died, has not yet been released.
The Spartanburg County Coroners Office is conducting toxicology reports on everyone involved in the crash. Preliminary reports indicate that alcohol or drugs were at fault.
What is most interesting about the accident as reported by Greenville Online, is that a trooper first noticed the driver driving south on the northbound lane of I-85 at a very high speed. The trooper barely managed to avoid being struck by the vehicle.
As the trooper attempted to pull over the vehicle, the car caused a multiple-car wreck where three individuals and the driver all died in the ensuing chaos.
The toxicology reports are preliminary and the investigation is ongoing. At this point, the chief investigator with the Coroners Office declined to provide additional details about the individuals who may have been intoxicated during the accident.
It may well turn out that multiple drivers were driving while under the influence. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reported that an anonymous survey of drivers across the country revealed that drivers in America are increasingly driving while under the influence of drugs.
The same survey revealed that while drivers are not drinking and driving as much, they are certainly increasing the rate at which they abuse prescription and illegal drugs and drive.