Freezing rain in SC means school closings, wrecks

Numerous accidents along Upstate interstates and highways were reported Friday, including this fatal wreck on Highway 9 in Boiling Springs.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- At least one person has died in a wreck on an icy road in South Carolina.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley says 52-year-old James Carroll lost control of his vehicle after hitting ice on U.S. 123 in Easley around 11 a.m. Friday. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

Schools and government offices in the Upstate shut down early as sleet and freezing rain moved across the area. The Highway Patrol reported at least 70 wrecks in Greenville County in two hours as the first batch came through, and 30 crashes were reported in an hour in Spartanburg County with a second round of icy weather.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for areas to the north of a line from Greenwood to Camden to Cheraw.