2 people dead after 7-car pile-up at North Charleston intersection – Charleston Post Courier
NORTH CHARLESTON — Two people died in a seven-car traffic crash the morning of July 29 at a busy intersection.
North Charleston police officers were dispatched soon after 8:30 a.m. July 29 to the intersection of Cosgrove and Rivers avenues for a report of a collision, said spokesman Harve Jacobs.
Police initially reported two people died at the scene and three others were transported to a hospital. Jacobs reported in late morning that three people were killed, but he backtracked several hours later, stating that the original number was correct: two dead.
The intersection remained closed until approximately 3:30 p.m. as firefighters worked at the scene and police investigated.
Car parts lay scattered across the intersection. Firemen worked to excavate a scorched car on Rivers Avenue that was cordoned off by firetrucks, police tape and a tarp. People gathered in the parking lot of a beauty supply store gawking at a white SUV with a demolished front hood.
William Smith, 76, said he was waiting for a friend at a bus stop when he saw two gas “explosions” as cars smashed into each other near the intersection.
Debris and shards of glass from the explosion traveled at least 200 yards and landed near him, he said, though he was not injured.