4 South Carolina college students die after car crashes, catches on fire

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Four University of South Carolina students were killed after a car crashed into a tree and caught on fire.

The Associated Press reported that it happened at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday just north of Interstate 85 about a mile from campus.

Five people were inside the car at the time of the wreck, according to officials.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one died in the hospital. A fifth person was injured, according to WSPA.

The person who died at the hospital has been identified as Joshua Lee, 20, of Spartanburg County. The names of the other victims have not been released.

USC Upstate Chancellor Thomas F. Moore, PhD issued the following state on Sunday:

Dear Campus Community,

I write this email with great sadness. Early this morning several students were involved in a tragic car accident, and four students died as a result of the crash. A fifth student is in stable condition at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Names of the students involved have not been released.

There are no words to describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and no way to comfort the grieving families who have lost their loved ones. This tragedy will have tremendous impact on the Upstate community, individually and collectively. Counseling Services are available to all of us as needed during regular hours at 503-5195. If services are needed after hours, please contact University Police at 503-7777, and they will contact a counselor on call.

A candlelight vigil has been planned for 7 p.m. Monday on the soccer field. We will release more information as it becomes available.

Together we have been and always will be #SpartanStrong.


Thomas F. Moore, PhD

Chancellor, USC Upstate

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