A vehicle crash on Interstate 85 near Blacksburg left a Cowpens man dead and another injured Wednesday night.
James William Wyatt, 46, of 492 Oak Dale Road, was driving a 1999 Honda sedan south on I-85 near Blacksburg when the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m.
Wyatt swerved off the right side of the roadway where he struck the back of a disabled tractor-trailer that had been legally parked in the shoulder lane of the interstate, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Wyatt was not wearing a seat belt, was entrapped and pronounced dead on scene, Miller said.
"The car literally came to rest under the trailer fatally injuring Mr. Wyatt on impact," Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said in a statement.
A passenger, Timothy Jay Rhinehart, 33, of Cowpens, was wearing a seat belt but was also entrapped. He was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center by helicopter for injuries, Miller said.
Emergency responders used mechanical equipment to pull but the driver and passenger out of the vehicle, Miller said.
The 59-year-old man who was driving the 2004 tractor-trailer was not injured but was taken to Mary Black Health System-Gaffney for an evaluation, Miller said.
The crash is still under investigation.
Fowler said an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.
The fatal wreck is the second to occur in as many days in the Blacksburg area.
An earlier wreck occurred around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday when two vehicle collided on Highway 5 near Faulkner Road about five miles south of Blacksburg, Miller said.
Sheila Diane Dagnall, 69, of 360 Shaman Road in Blacksburg, was pronounced dead on scene after she veered left and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on, he said.
The other driver involved, Shayla Lynn Stewart, of York, was flown to the Spartanburg Medical Center for injuries, Miller said.
Cowpens man killed in vehicle crash on I-85 near Blacksburg