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Fatal wreck blocks Lexington Co. intersection for hours

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WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One person is dead following a multi-car accident that shut down a Lexington County highway for hours Monday afternoon.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the three-car accident left the intersection of Pinecrest Avenue and Highway 1 near Interstate 26 blocked from 2:00pm to 6:30pm.

Billy Joe Thomas, 23, of Gaston, was driving a Ford F-150 on the 2800 block of Augusta Highway, when Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said he hit another car, spun out of control and was hit by a crane truck carrying sheetrock.

Thomas was taken to Lexington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Other drivers and passengers were taken to area hospitals, but their names and conditions have not been released.

The road was back open by 6:30pm Monday. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine Thomas' cause of death.

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