Rock-Throwing Leads To Wreck That Kills Two
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) _ Vandals throwing rocks at passing cars on Halloween night caused a fiery collision that killed two 17-year-old girls sitting in the back seat of a compact car, police say.
Police Lt. J.R. Brock said Tamela Scott and Pam Webb, both of Belton, were burned when their car was struck from behind and burst into flames shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.
Someone had thrown a rock at the car driven by Pamela Scott, Tamela’s twin sister, and Miss Scott slowed down as she cleared the crest of a hill, Brock said. ″She wondered what in the world happened,″ he said.
Someone then threw a rock or brick through the open window of a second car driven by James McDowell, which hit him in the side of the face and caused him to lose control of the car, Brock said. McDowell’s car plowed into Miss Scott’s car, pushed it into a bridge abutment and caused its gas tank to explode, the officer said.
Pamela Scott, 17, and Roger Logan, 18, a front-seat passenger, were released after treatment at Anderson Memorial Hospital, officials said. McDowell had facial scrapes, Brock said.
Charles Broome of the Anderson city traffic division said an investigation continued today.