HP releases new info in I-85 crash that killed 4 - FOX Carolina 21

HP releases new info in I-85 crash that killed 4

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Officials investigated the crash on I-85 North near Wellford. (Feb. 11, 2015/FOX Carolina) Officials investigated the crash on I-85 North near Wellford. (Feb. 11, 2015/FOX Carolina)
Officials investigated the crash on I-85 North near Wellford. (Feb. 11, 2015/FOX Carolina) Officials investigated the crash on I-85 North near Wellford. (Feb. 11, 2015/FOX Carolina)
Martha Diaz killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Family) Martha Diaz killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Family)
Shiree Whitaker killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Facebook/ Feb. 12, 2015) Shiree Whitaker killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Facebook/ Feb. 12, 2015)
Edwin Ferguson killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Facebook/ Feb. 12, 2015) Edwin Ferguson killed in wrong-way wreck. (Source: Facebook/ Feb. 12, 2015)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Highway Patrol troopers have identified the driver who was going the wrong way on the interstate before a crash that killed four people, including the driver himself. 

The wreck was reported just after 11 p.m. at mile marker 68 in Wellford. South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said a driver was traveling south in the northbound lane at a high rate of speed.

Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the Highway Patrol said a State Transport Police officer drove in the southbound lanes, attempting to parallel the driver and stop them. The officer had lights and sirens engaged, Rhyne said.

Before the driver was able to be stopped, troopers said a crash involving six vehicles occurred.

PHOTOS: Crews shut down I-85, work to clear fatal wreck

Emergency personnel from Wellford, Duncan, and Spartanburg County responded to the scene.

A witness driving near a pickup truck involved in the crash reported hearing a loud bang, and saw the truck flip on its side and almost fly over the concrete barrier. He said he immediately knew it was a fatal wreck.

"No one could have survived that," the witness said.

The Spartanburg County coroner said four people were killed in the wreck. Rhyne said multiple people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

A FOX Carolina photographer on the scene said one vehicle involved in the accident was heavily damaged by fire.

Troopers said Thursday morning all lanes were reopened on I-85 North near mile marker 67 after they were closed overnight.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the victims as Martha Marie Diaz, 21, Josh Leroy Smith, 60, Shiree Lynette Whitaker, 22, and Edwin Ferguson, 27.

Highway Patrol said Smith was the driver going the wrong way on the interstate. 

Clevenger said Diaz, Smith and Whitaker were pronounced dead at the scene. Ferguson was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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