NEWBERRY — (Updated 3:15 p.m.) The Newberry County Coroner’s office released the identity of a fatality from an early morning crash on Highway 121 near Whitmire. Shelly Elizabeth Wicker, 26, formerly of Whitmire, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner John Pollard. According to Pollard, Wicker was in the front passenger seat of a car driven by Alisha C. Taylor, 23, of Whitmire.
Tony Heller with the South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed the car driven by Taylor, crossed left of center and struck a tractor trailer truck head on. Pollard said Wicker was killed instantly upon impact. Taylor was airlifted to a regional hospital.
The driver of the truck, Michael J. Ivey, 35, of Buffalo, S.C. was not injured.
The accident caused Highway 121 South of Whitmire at Duncan Creek to close and Haz Mat team was dispatched to the area due to diesel fuel leaking from the truck.
Traffic was routed off S.C. 121 North onto Old Newberry Highway to S.C. Highway 66. Traffic on 121 S was detoured onto S.C. Highway 66 and to Old Newberry Highway. By 3:15 p.m. Saturday, traffic returned to normal.
Haz Mat crews are on the scene and are working to contain the spill. Since the fatality involved a commercial truck, SCHP/State Transport sent investigative teams, too.
DHEC also was called to consult due to the proximity to Duncan Creek. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, incident command did not think fuel had reached the creek.
Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Whitmire Police Department, Whitmire Fire and Rescue crews assisted with the detour and the clean up with Newberry County Haz Mat.
The accident remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office, the SC Highway Patrol, and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department.