4 SC college student athletes die after car crashes, catches on fire

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. (WSPA) — The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office says four USC Upstate students have died and another is injured after their car struck a tree and caught fire Sunday morning in Boiling Springs.


The four deaths and one injury were students who played sports for the university — tennis, cross country and soccer.

The final victim of Sunday morning’s crash has been identified as 20-year-old Horace Miller Sproull IV of Birmingham, Alabama.  Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Sproull was identified through dental records.

A candlelight vigil will be held Monday evening to honor four USC Upstate students who were killed in a crash early Sunday morning.

Lance Corporal Gary Miller with the Highway Patrol says that the car was heading east on 4th Street, near Highway 9, when it drove off the right side of the road, hitting a tree and bursting into flames.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. One of the people who were taken to the hospital was pronounced dead later on Sunday.

The Spartanburg County Coroner reports that the person who died at the hospital was identified as Joshua Lee, 20, who lived near Glendale within Spartanburg County.

Felicia Ahlborg, 20, of Sweden, is listed in fair condition at Spartanburg Regional, according to a hospital spokesman.

On Sunday night, Clevenger released the names of two more victims – James Campbell and Sarah Vande Berg. The last victim, Horace Miller Sproull IV was identified Monday afternoon by the Coroner’s office.

The university has scheduled a candlelight vigil that will begin Monday at 7 p.m. It will be held at the USC Upstate soccer stadium on campus.

USC Upstate released some information about two of the victims. Campbell, a junior, was a native of Greenville and was a member of the Spartans men’s soccer team. As a soccer player at J.L. Mann High School, he helped his team to a 3A State Championship in 2010 and a 4A title in 2012. Campbell graduated in 2013 and played soccer at Marshall University. He transferred to play at USC Upstate in January.

Vande Berg was from Zephyrhills, Florida and was a member of the women’s tennis team. Sarah played tennis at Zephyrhills High School where she served as team captain and lettered all four years. She was a senior at USC Upstate majoring in communication.

Dear Campus Community,

I write this email with great sadness. Early this morning several students were involved in a tragic car accident, and four students died as a result of the crash. A fifth student is in stable condition at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Names of the students involved have not been released.

There are no words to describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and no way to comfort the grieving families who have lost their loved ones. This tragedy will have tremendous impact on the Upstate community, individually and collectively. Counseling Services are available to all of us as needed during regular hours at 503-5195. If services are needed after hours, please contact University Police at 503-7777, and they will contact a counselor on call.

A candlelight vigil has been planned for 7 p.m. Monday on the soccer field. We will release more information as it becomes available.

Together we have been and always will be #SpartanStrong.


Thomas F. Moore, PhD

Chancellor, USC Upstate

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