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Amber Alert

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tractor-trailer slams DOT sand truck on I-85

Two truck drivers are being treated at the Greenville Hospital System after a fiery-collision between a tractor-trailer and a South Carolina Department of Transportation truck, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A 2000 Freightliner, driven by 36-year-old Andre Finch of Charlotte, rammed the rear of a 1991 truck driven by Dot worker Mark Gyner, 28, of Iva, Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said.

Both men are believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries about 1 a.m. Tuesday when the tractor-trailer truck slammed into the DOT’s salt-loaded dump truck.

Lance Cpl. Edgeworth said Mr. Finch, cited for driving too fast for conditions, crashed into the median wall after the collision, which knocked Mr. Gyner’s truck off the highway.

The tractor-trailer burst into flames, Lance Cpl. Edgeworth said.

Keith Sonefelt, spokesman for the Anderson County Fire Department, said it was the second tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 85 in less than 18 hours.

The slow-moving DOT dump truck, which was prepping the interstate in anticipation of frozen precipitation, overturned near I-85’s 32-mile marker.

Mr. Sonefelt said a hazardous-materials crew was called to handle a spill of diesel fuel.

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, a tractor-trailer, which was loaded with rubber, overturned as its driver attempted to enter I-85 at Exit 19, Mr. Sonefelt said.

No one was injured.