Woman hoarding gas burned in fire after chase, car crash, SC deputies say

Published: May. 14, 2021 at 6:02 AM EDT
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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) - A woman hoarding gas caught on fire following a car accident Thursday night in Pickens County, Pickens County deputies said.

A deputy in a marked patrol unit saw a Pontiac G6 traveling on Jameson Road in Pickens and determined that the vehicle was displaying a South Carolina license plate that had been reported stolen, according to Chief Deputy Chad Brooks.

As the vehicle approached the intersection of Jameson Road and Wolf Creek Road, the deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, Brooks said.

The driver of the Pontiac turned left onto Wolf Creek Road and accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement. The deputy then activated his vehicle’s siren, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, the driver lost control of the vehicle, veered off the roadway and completely flipped the vehicle.

The vehicle immediately caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle, Brooks said.

Deputies say as the officer approached the car, the driver, a woman exited the car and was observed to be on fire.

The deputy pushed the 28-year-old to the ground in order to put out the flames, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, she was transported to the hospital by Pickens County EMS personnel.

There was no immediate word on her condition.

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