82-year-old ID’d as second victim in fiery fatal wreck on I-77 in SC

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) – The second victim in Thursday’s fatal I-77 wreck has been identified as an 82-year-old man from Ontario, Canada.


The Chester County Coroner said Chung-Tin Chu was returning from a family cruise to celebrate his wife’s 80th birthday when his van was caught up in the fiery crash. According to the coroner, six people in total were in the van, including Chu.

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Two of his family members have been released from the hospital, but three are still being treated in area hospitals.

The Chester County coroner said the crash site looked like a war zone. Three tractor-trailers and four cars were involved in the crash.

Emergency Management officials said it appeared a tractor trailer jackknifed while attempting to stop for traffic that had braked ahead, which led to a series of crashes that affected both north and southbound lanes.

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One of the truck drivers, identified Friday as 59-year-old Norman Edward Kimble of Pennsylvania, was killed in the crash. Ten others were injured in the traffic collision.

Assistant Chief T. Melton with the Richburg Fire Department said he was responding to another accident when he arrived at the scene of the fiery crash. He was the first firefighter there.

“It was chaotic,” said Melton. “It was almost like a scene from a movie – fire everywhere.”

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