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No injuries, several vehicles involved – I85 near Hwy. 153

Gantt and Powdersville Fire Departments responded to a multi-vehicle crash on I-85 South near Hwy 153. Several vehicles suffered major damage, stopping on the shoulder and the right-hand lane. A black jeep also ran off into a ditch. The right lane was temporarily blocked. There were no reported injuries, and the South Carolina is investigating the crash. (Photo courtesy Codie Sloan)

Piedmont Fire Department ladder truck in service

By Stan Welch
The Piedmont Fire Department is proud owner of a seventy foot ladder truck. The 1998 Sutphen Quint unit was obtained from the City of Greenville Fire Department, which removed it from service in keeping with their policy of replacing all equipment after twenty years, regardless of its condition.
The truck was obtained for ten thousand dollars and has had an additional forty thousand dollars in reconditioning and repairs done to it since.

No injuries – Hwy. 153

Powdersville firefighters await state troopers at the scene of an accident on SC Hwy. 153 Monday night. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 143 (RiverRoad). Pelzer EMS responded but did not transport anyone. Traffic was slowed at the intersection until the wreckage was cleared. (Photo by David Rogers

Truck and car collide on I-85

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a tractor trailer vs car wreck Saturday night. A tractor trailer and car collided on I-85 north of SC 153. Pelzer EMS also responded to the wreck. Northbound traffic was backed up until the wreckage was cleared. Both the car and tractor trailer had to be towed. (Photo by David Rogers)

I85 at Hwy. 153

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle wreck on I-85 at SC 153. The driver of a vehicle attempting to enter I-85 from SC 153 lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn. Pelzer EMS also responded. (Photo by David Rogers)

One injured – Hwy. 153

One person was injured Wednesday night after three separate wrecks occurred on SC 153. Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS responded. One wreck involved three vehicles and one injury. The other two wrecks involved two vehicles each and no injuries. The wrecks were less than a quarter of a mile apart and caused a traffic snarl. (Photo by David Rogers)

US Marshal motorcade escort

A motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Patrick Carothers, the US Marshal, who was killed the week before Thanksgiving, through Anderson County Sunday afternoon. Carothers was killed in Georgia while trying to arrest a man wanted for trying to kill police officers. Powdersville firefighters flew the US flag from their ladder truck from atop the SC 153 bridge over I-85 as they passed under. Carothers, a twenty-six year law enforcement veteran was buried Tuesday in a Virginia town where he attended high school. (Photo by David Rogers)


Bike fatality – Hwy. 81

State troopers examine a bicycle that was struck by a car on Saturday night in Powdersville. The bicyclist, fifty year old John Jeffrey Abbott of Piedmont died after his bike was struck from the rear by a vehicle on SC 81 north of SC 153. SC 81 was closed for about to hours as authorities investigated the accident. Pelzer EMS, Powdersville firefighters, and Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman responded to the call. (Photo by David Rogers)

Pinnacle Mountain fire still burning

The Holly Springs Fire Department (Pickens County) and South Carolina Forestry Commission along with a host of other fire departments and equipment, including Powdersville Fire Department and others from the area, have worked for two weeks to put out a wildfire burning on Pinnacle Mountain. The fire and several others burning in Western North Carolina have contributed to smokey and hazy conditions throughout the upstate and locally and warnings of bad air quality. Firefighters were planning to burn more than 2000 acres ahead of the fire in an attempt to bring it under control.

I-85 fatal

A Powdersville firefighter looks over the scene of a fatal accident. Joshua Daniel Baxter, 23, of Piedmont was fatally injured Saturday morning when the 1994 Ford SUV he was driving struck the back of a 2016 Chevrolet SUV and overturned on I-85. Baxter was partially ejected from the vehicle when it flipped on its side according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown.

McCown said drugs, speed and alcohol were likely factors in the wreck which happened about 6:30 a.m. near mile marker 37 on the interstate. A 19-year-old passenger in Baxter’s vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle were not injured. Powdersville Fire Department, Pelzer EMS responded.

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