Authorities released the names Friday of two people who died in a fiery crash in Abbeville County late Wednesday night.
Abbeville County Chief Deputy Coroner Sam Ferguson identified the fatal victims as Gary Spinks, 63, and Ruth Wertz, 52, both of 104 Vienna St., Abbeville. The victims died of blunt force trauma, autopsy results confirmed.
The two died at the scene of a wreck four miles north of the City of Abbeville along S.C. Highway 28 near Davis Road just before 11:30 p.m., according to preliminary reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
SCHP Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said they were traveling southbound along the highway in a Ford pickup truck, when it crashed head-on with another vehicle. The collision sent the pickup truck hurtling into a group of trees and the car went up in flames. The driver of the other vehicle - a 32-year-old Iva man - was airlifted to AnMed Health in Anderson from the scene.