A wreck between a logging truck and a van left two people dead on S.C. 9 west of Chester during Monday’s morning commute, law enforcement officials said.
Authorities said the driver of the van traveled left of the center lane, crashing head-on with the truck. Both the van’s driver and the driver of the logging truck died at the scene, state troopers said.
The crash site is along a sweeping curve near West Chester School Road and Turn Buckle Road about 10 miles west of Chester, according to the Highway Patrol’s website. The road is temporarily closed, said Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.
Extrication crews are still working the crash site, where logs are strewn across the road.
Troopers, EMS crews, West Chester Fire Department and Chester County Emergency Management officials are at the scene.
Both Ed Darby of Chester County Emergency Management and Andy Martin, West Chester Volunteer Fire Department chief, said the wreck scene was as "horrible" as any they had ever seen.
"It was horrific - I have been here 43 years and it's as bad as any I've seen," Martin said.
Darby called the crash site, "just terrible," and said that it took emergency crews about three hours to finally get the second victim out of the wreckage of the logging truck.
The site of the crash is known as Deadman’s Curve because of the many fatalities over the years.
In 2014 on Valentine's Day, a truck went off the road in an ice storm, leading to an incident between firefighters and deputies over closing the road. Monday the road had to be closed as the remnants of the scorched van remained in the highway and the crushed cab of the logging truck was alongside the highway.
The van was engulfed and the driver thrown from the vehicle when firefighters arrived, Martin said. Tools from the van were all over the road.
Some fluids from the vehicles leaked but it is not expected to cause an environmental problem, Darby said.