Two young Landrum men die in Inman wreck

Published 9:01 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018


INMAN-A wreck near Inman claimed the lives of two Landrum High School graduates Tuesday evening, Jan. 9.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s office confirmed one death late Tuesday night, and said another died at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

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Eli James Cagle, 18, of Hwy. 357 Campobello died at the scene, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. Tyler Troy Hutcherson, 21, of Ravan Drive, Landrum, died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center during surgery around 10 p.m., Clevenger said.

The wreck occurred at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Gowan and Pinefield Roads in Inman, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and was a one-vehicle accident.

The 2000 model Chevrolet SUV was traveling west on Gowan Road and went off the road, struck a mailbox, went back on the road for a few more yards, then overturned and struck a utility pole, according to the coroner.

All three occupants were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle, according to the highway patrol.

There were three occupants in the vehicle, with the third being transported to Spartanburg Regional, according to reports. There was no word on his condition as of late Wednesday morning.

Cagle and Hutcherson were Landrum High School graduates and Daniel “KK” Peeler, who was injured, will graduate this May.

Spartanburg County School District One released a statement Wednesday morning following the wreck:

“The Spartanburg School District One family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Landrum High School graduates Eli Cagle and Tyler Hutcherson,” the statement said. “ We continue to pray for Daniel “KK” Peeler, Landrum High School graduate, as he recovers from injuries sustained in this accident.

“School staff, counselors and clergy have been made available to students and staff today and for the remainder of this week, if necessary. Again, we wish to convey our heartfelt prayers and condolences to these families and will do everything we can to help our students and staff during this difficult time.”

Clevenger said the scene is being investigated and as of early Wednesday, it was unclear who was driving the vehicle.