Florence County, S.C. – At around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24th, a vehicle crashed into a tree in front of Florence Darlington Technical College, killing three passengers.
The vehicle was traveling on West Lucas Street when it left the roadway and struck a tree.
The West Florence Fire Department responded to the accident and saw that three people were trapped inside of the vehicle. Two other passengers were able to escape the vehicle. The firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life in order to get the three trapped passengers out of the vehicle.
Three people did not survive the accident- Chyrstal Barrett of Florence, and Gerald O’Neil Byrd and John Lee McKnight both of Darlington. They died as a result of multiple body traumas that they experienced in the accident.
The accident is still currently under investigation.