Man dies after crash on Wilkinsville Hwy. in Cherokee Co.

CHEROKEE CO., SC (WSPA) – One person has died after a crash on Wilkinsville Highway in Cherokee County, Saturday afternoon.

The Cherokee County coroner says 69-year-old Paul Houston of Spartanburg died after the left front tire of the truck he was driving blew.

The coroner says the tire blowout caused the truck and the trailer it was pulling to go off the left side of the road into a wooded area and hit a tree.

Houston was trapped in the truck for more than half an hour before EMS and firefighters were able to free him.

Houston was taken to the hospital in Gaffney where he was pronounced dead.

The passenger was thrown from the truck and taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

The crash happened around 12:30pm near Hickory Grove Road.

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