Multiple crashes reported on icy Upstate roads, at least 1 dead

Almost 70 crashes were reported on Upstate roads during a three-hour period Tuesday morning. Crews are pictured responding to a fatal accident on Abbeville Highway in Anderson (WSPA).

(WSPA) — The S.C. Highway Patrol reported multiple crashes across the Upstate on Tuesday morning.

Troopers were reporting almost 60 accidents – including 24 in Anderson County – around 9 a.m.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore confirmed a man was killed in one crash near his home.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore identified the man Wednesday as William Michael Fowler, 63, of Anderson.

The accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday on High Shoals Road near Abbeville Highway in Anderson.

Shore said ice and driving too fast for conditions were contributing factors in the accident.

Authorities said the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland with the S.C. Highway Patrol said a driver was traveling west on High Shoals Road when he ran off the side of the road and flipped.

The driver died at the scene of the crash, Sutherland said.

The coroner says the 63-year-old man was about a mile away from his home. His name has not been released yet.

“The roads are dangerous this morning,” Shore said.

Anderson County Dispatch said several roads, including highways, were reportedly covered in ice early Tuesday morning.

Crews were also busy responding to accidents in Spartanburg, Greenville, Laurens, Cherokee and Oconee counties.

Pickens County Schools said icy roads there prompted delayed school openings, while Greenville County school officials said crews were monitoring road conditions and reported patches of ice on some bridges and roads.

Rutherford County Public Information Officer Kim Aldridge said in a release that some roads, overpasses, bridges and parking lots could be hazardous and there had been reports of black ice. While in neighboring McDowell County, officials said several vehicles crashed at the top of Old Fort Mountain. Lanes had reopened by 9 a.m., but drivers were urged to use caution due to fog.

Here is a list of current accidents on the S.C. Highway Patrol website.

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