EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina)- The School District of Pickens County confirmed that an Easley High School student died in a fatal wreck on Wednesday, according to a release.
District superintendent Dr. Danny Merck spoke on the incident in the release
“We are deeply saddened by this loss. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends at this time.”
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed that troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the fatal collision near Pope Field Rd. in Easley.
Highway Patrol says that the driver of a 2002 Jeep was driving west on Pope Field Rd. and attempted to pass a 2010 Chevrolet SUV going in the same direction. Troopers say the driver of the Jeep struck the front of the SUV and ran off of the right side of the road before striking a tree.
According to SCHP, the driver of the Jeep was not seat belted and was ejected form the vehicle.
SDPC says that counselors will be available at Easley High School on Wednesday and Thursday to support students and staff.
FOX Carolina crews are on scene now working to learn more.
Stay tuned for updates.
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