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Off-duty S.C. firefighter struck, killed while refueling car that ran out of gas

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Daniel Bagwell was a member of the City of Anderson Fire Department and previously served with the West Pelzer Fire Department

By Simone Jasper
The Charlotte Observer

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. — A 29-year-old firefighter died while refueling a car that ran out of gas on a South Carolina road, officials said.

Daniel Bagwell was trying to put gas in his car when another vehicle hit him on Monday, Oct. 10, according to the Anderson County coroner’s office.

Bagwell, who was killed in the crash, was from Pelzer, an Anderson County town roughly 15 miles southwest of Greenville, officials said.

The 29-year-old was a member of the City of Anderson Fire Department and was off duty at the time of the crash, the coroner’s office wrote in a news release.

In a Facebook post, the nearby West Pelzer Fire Department remembered Bagwell as a firefighter who rose through the ranks and became a sergeant with the city of Anderson.

“West Pelzer Fire ask you to pray for the Bagwell family as well as the fire community as we mourn the loss of one of our own,” the department wrote.

As of Oct. 10, the coroner’s office said there was an investigation into the crash, which happened at about 2:15 p.m., according to WYFF. The crash was reported on Midway Road near the intersection with Stevens Court.

State troopers said the person accused of hitting Bagwell was in a truck. The truck driver and passenger weren’t hurt in the crash, WYFF reported.

“The victim died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries secondary to blunt force trauma,” the coroner’s office wrote.

The Anderson fire department and S.C. Highway Patrol — which reportedly is one of the agencies investigating the crash — didn’t immediately share additional details with McClatchy News on Oct. 11.


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