The Laurens County Coroner said four people died after a collision in Laurens County on Sunday morning.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred on US 221 at New Prospect Road at 11:30 A.M.
According to troopers, three vehicles were involved in the collision. Troopers said a 2003 Toyota Tacoma crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Nissan Altima, which then struck a 2010 Dodge Charger.
The coroner said all three occupants of the Toyota died on scene. According to the coroner, the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The coroner identified the victims as 18-year-old Hunter Carter, 16-year-old Kirslyn Richardson, and 15-year-old Charner Inabinet.
"When it was confirmed that all three passed, Union County turned into a twilight zone," said Annabelle Snowden, a close friend of the victims,"Everything was silent. Nobody said anything. You could physically see the hurt in people’s eyes."
The coroner said the driver of the Nissan also died on scene. The victim was identified as 54-year-old Bruce Blair.
According to the coroner, all four victims died of blunt force trauma.
Troopers said the driver of the Dodge Charger was injured and was taken to the hospital.
The Union County School district released a statement about the tragedy and said counselors would be available to students at Union County High School. The school district said Carter graduated in 2017, Inabinet was a 9th grader at the high school, and Richardson was a former UCHS student.Union County Schools officials were notified of the loss of multiple Union County family members earlier today in a tragic car wreck. It is never easy losing a member of your school family and the effects will be felt across our entire community. Union County High School will have counselors and community mentors available tomorrow for anyone needing support. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this unfortunate event.
Superintendent Bill Roach, Jr., PhD “Charner was quiet and to himself at first, but when you got to know him he was so outgoing and so kind and would do anything for you with a smile," said Snowden, "Hunter was the same. Both of them were incredible."
Friends and family honored the teens at a prayer vigil on Monday night.
"The amount of love that everybody has shown their families and friends is incredible," said Snowden, "I’m thankful to be a part of this town for that reason."
Superintendent Roach released a follow-up statement Tuesday morning, thanking the community for the outpouring of support:"We are so appreciative of the outpouring of love and support during this trying time. I have received phone calls, emails, and texts from around the State offering prayers and support. Our local pastors and community members have been wonderful during this time. They have loved our kids and staff and shown this is why we are #ONEUNION. The healing has begun, but will take time to truly heal. We ask for everyone's continued prayers and support for all the family and friends affected by this tragedy."MORE NEWS - Man who admitted to killing cellmate: ‘There’s one less child molester’
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