Three die in single vehicle accident

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State Troopers and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore investigate a triple fatal accident on Sunday night on Langston Road. According to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman, four people were in the Toyota when the accident occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday night. The vehicle ran off the roadway and struck several trees, uprooting one of them and then crashed down an embankment. Wren firefighters along with Powdersville assisted at the scene. Pelzer EMS transported a fourth passenger to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The accident remains under investigation. (Photo by David Rogers)

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said speed was a factor in the accident. Victims were identified as Danielle Williams, 17, Kayla Mann, 21, and Lance Jones, 20. Shore said Williams was the driver of the vehicle. Williams was the only one wearing a seat belt, according to the SC Hwy. Patrol. Williams was a senior at Wren High School, according to Shore. Officials said the person who survived the accident, identified as Mick Brown, was in critical condition.

Anderson School District One officials said they are deeply saddened by the death of Wren High School senior Danielle Williams. She was set to graduate this spring and was in the third year of attending the Anderson One and Two Career and Technology Center in the Cosmetology program.

District One Superintendent David Havird said, “Our district has been severely impacted by the death of one of our Wren High school students, Danielle Williams. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Danielle.”

Nichole Boseman, Wren High School principal, said,  ”Our Wren High School family is mourning the tragic death of Danielle Williams. She was a great student and loved attending the Career Center. We will miss her.”

Her cosmetology teacher from the Career and Technology Center, Allison Joye, said, “Danielle has been at ACTC in the Cosmetology program for three years and in that time you form close bonds with students and they become like one of your own. Danielle was a smart, energetic student that was looking forward to a bright future in cosmetology. She was a very talented and gifted young lady.  The cosmetology class just seemed to come naturally to her. Danielle will be truly missed not just with her classmates and myself, but from anyone one who had the true pleasure of knowing her and calling her a friend. In cosmetology we are not just friends, we are family and the loss of one of our own touches us all greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent said, “Counselors are onsite at the school this morning if students and teachers need support. A banner was placed in the commons for students and teachers to remember Danielle. She attended Concrete Primary, Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle.”

Anderson One also mourns the loss of Kayla Mann, former Wren graduate. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families including Mick Brown, Powdersville High graduate currently in the hospital,” said Harrison.