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HP: Speed factored in Anderson Co. wreck; investigating drag racing claims

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Part of the wreckage after a crash on Marsh Creek Drive. (Sept. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) Part of the wreckage after a crash on Marsh Creek Drive. (Sept. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tire mark impressions are still visible in Bonnie Gregg's yard on Marsh Creek Drive in Anderson County.

That's because troopers said two SUVs were both driving south on Marsh Creek Drive when they collided, sideswiping each other. A Chevy swerved right, hit four parked cars and flipped, according to authorities. Troopers said a Jeep swerved left and flipped.

Gregg called 911, Monday night after she heard a boom outside her home.

DISPATCHER: "Anderson County 911, what's your emergency?"

GREGG: "There's people bloody and all over the place everywhere."

DISPATCHER: "OK, yes ma'am, we already got it put in. ... Uh, how many people are involved?"

GREGG: "I don't know, but they're in my yard."

She said she's made a similar call before about drivers racing up and down the street.

"It's been a problem for a couple of years now, people just racing down the street," Gregg said.

Troopers said the two SUVs hit high speeds driving down Marsh Creek, which led to several other 911 calls. Here's one from a man who said he witnessed the wreck.

DISPATCHER: "Anderson County 911, what's your emergency?"

CALLER: "They were racing down through here, I saw it - side-by-side on a two lane. They were racing side by side."

A firefighter also gave information about the wreck through his radio.

FIRE DISPATCHER: "Motor vehicle accident, roll over, ejection, entrapment."

FIRE DISPATCHER: "Male patient lying in a ditch says that they were drag racing up and down Marsh Creek. Both of them flipped over."

Troopers said the drivers sideswiped each other, which caused both SUVs to flip. The driver of one SUV was ejected and landed in a ditch, and the driver of the other SUV hit four parked cars when he lost control. Gregg's truck was one of the damaged vehicles.

"It was just so loud, it was like an explosion," Gregg said. "I have damage outside and inside my truck, like the console. The dash and the speakers popped out."

And now that she's made the call once again, she said she hopes someone will finally put the brakes on the racing.

Witnesses said one driver went to a hospital to be treated for injuries and the other driver walked away from the wreck.

Troopers said speed played a factor in the wreck and are looking into those claims of drag racing.

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