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Two die in separate collisions on I-85 ThursdayFree Access


Two people are dead following separate accidents that occurred just minutes apart on Interstate 85 in Blacksburg Thursday afternoon. 

The first collision occurred at 4:35 p.m. in the southbound lane near the 106 Mile Marker. 

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as 56-year-old Leigh Ann Hamilton Marshall of Sullivans Island, S.C. 

“(Marshall) was the driver of a 2016 Range Rover headed south. She drove to the left striking a retainer wall then back right into the path of a tractor-trailer rig that struck the SUV in the passenger side trapping both Marshall and a front seat passenger in the vehicle,” Fowler said. 

Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was transported to Spartanburg Medical Center. 

The second collision occurred at 4:40 p.m. as a result of the first crash. A tractor-trailer struck a box truck that was stopped in the southbound lane. 

“After making contact, the tractor-trailer dragged the truck several hundred feet before the driver realized it was underneath,” Fowler said. 

Fowler identified the second victim as Timothy Antonio McNeil, 25, of Charlotte, N.C. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A passenger was transported to Spartanburg Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Fowler. 

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