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Traffic moving on I-85 SB after fatal fiery tractor trailer crash in Cherokee Co.

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Scene of a vehicle fire that has closed parts of I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: SCDOT) Scene of a vehicle fire that has closed parts of I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: SCDOT)
Fiery collision on I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: Dawn F.) Fiery collision on I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: Dawn F.)
Fiery collision on I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: Dawn F.) Fiery collision on I-85 N in Cherokee Co. (Source: Dawn F.)
Traffic on I-85 S as first responders clear debris. (6/14/17 FOX Carolina) Traffic on I-85 S as first responders clear debris. (6/14/17 FOX Carolina)
Traffic on I-85 S as first responders clear debris. (6/14/17 FOX Carolina) Traffic on I-85 S as first responders clear debris. (6/14/17 FOX Carolina)
CHEROKEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County Coroner was called to the scene of a fiery collision that had closed parts of I-85 Tuesday evening.

Per dispatch, the call came in at 8:12 p.m. at exit 106 near Grover, NC, and just north of Blacksburg.

All lanes are blocked and a detour is in place.

The Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department confirms two tractor trailers were involved in the wreck.

The coroner said the driver of one tractor trailer was traveling north on I-85 when they crossed the median and T-boned the other trailer on the southbound lane, igniting a fire. 

The driver that crossed the median died at the scene. The coroner said he will need to rely on dental records to identify the victim, as the injuries sustained by the driver are so severe that the victim is unrecognizable.

The coroner also mentioned the driver and a passenger from the trailer hit were pulled from wreckage by a passerby. 

Fire officials said I-85 S would be closed for a long duration while crews cleaned up the debris.

Troopers said the two occupants in the tractor trailer that was hit were taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Both were wearing seat belts during the incident.

Just before 8:30 a.m., our FOX Carolina crew at the scene reported that one lane had reopened on the SB side of I-85 near the crash. SCDOT officials said just before 10:30 a.m. that all northbound lanes had reopened as well as the left southbound lane, but that the right southbound lane would remain closed.

SCDOT officials said the exit 106 SB off ramp will remain closed to allow repairs to the crash site - about 300 feet of both southbound lanes were damaged during the incident.

SCDOT released the following information on repairs to be made to the lanes damaged along I-85:

Current plan is to repair asphalt in right lane and then shift lane closure and make repairs to left lane pavement. Expect work to last throughout the day and into tonight.

Approximately 400 feet of guardrail damaged. On-call contractor to be used to replace guardrail tomorrow night. Truck parts remain behind guardrail, and wrecker is to come back tonight to remove remaining debris.  DHEC also on site.

We ask motorists to use with extreme caution when approaching this work zone. Please obey all speed limit and directional signs in place to help guide you through this area. Check SCDOT’s 511 traveler information system for current traffic conditions. http://www.511sc.org/

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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