On Saturday, July 30, 2011, a driver of a northbound 18 wheeler apparently fell asleep at the wheel causing his large tractor trailer to cross the median and run head on in to another semi-trailer traveling southbound on I-85 in Anderson, South Carolina. After the two 18 wheelers collided, the southbound semi-trailer’s back end jack knifed and collided with an SUV towing a boat. Unfortunately, the drivers of the SUV and 18 wheelers were killed in the collision. Anderson Independent and Channel 7 News reported on this collision shortly after it happened and provided on the scene video of the incident, detailing the carnage and wreckage at the sight.
Channel 7 reports that the northbound tractor trailer driver that crossed over the median into the southbound traffic has been identified as 69-year-old Eddie Wyatt, of Rockmart, Georgia. It is believed from the Anderson County Coroner’s Office autopsy Monday that Mr. Wyatt did not have any health problems and most likely fell asleep at the wheel.
Additionally, the driver of the northbound tractor trailer has been identified as Clay Johnson, 38 of Charlotte, North Carolina. The third victim, Jeremy Scott Wilson, 33 of Blacksburg, South Carolina, was driving the Toyota Tundra involved in the accident. Medics airlifted two other people to Greenville Memorial, who were in the SUV. It was a couple from Simpsonville Chris Schulve is listed in good condition at Greenville Memorial and his wife has already been released.
Driving interstate 85 every day from Greenville to Anderson for my daily commute to Trammell Law Firm, P.A., I can personally attest to the massive amounts of unpredictable traffic. You never can predict the actions of others but always be alert to others around you.
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