A Rock Hill woman died and three children were injured Friday in a two-vehicle Rock Hill crash that caused a major road to be closed, police said.
Erin Clark, 27, died at the crash scene after the car she was driving collided with an 18-wheeler tractor trailer truck on Ogden Road, said Sabrina Gast, York County Coroner.
Police said the car hit the rear of the truck.
The Rock Hill school district officials posted Friday to the district’s Facebook page that a mother with children at Sunset Park Elementary died in a traffic wreck. Mychal Frost, spokesperson for the district, confirmed the post refers to Clark.
“When a family suffers a loss, it becomes a sad time for our entire school. This morning we learned that the mother who has children at Sunset Park passed away following injuries sustained in a vehicle accident this morning on the way to school,” the statement reads. “There were three children, including two Sunset Park students, in the vehicle this morning. The children sustained injuries but are expected to be okay.”
Counselors were at Sunset Park Friday, the post says.
“This is a great loss for our school family,” it reads. “We are extremely saddened by this news and want you to know that support measures have been put in place to help our students and staff.”
The three children in Clark’s car were taken to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, one by air and two by ground ambulance, police said.
The relationship between Clark and the children in her car has not been released. The ages and identities of the children also have not been released.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m., police said. Investigators with the Rock Hill Police Department Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team are looking into the incident, said Capt. Mark Bollinger.
That investigation continued Friday night, police said.
The crash site is in front of a commercial business near the former York County fire training grounds, on the southern edge of the city near the Robertson Road intersection.
Police, fire, EMS, and other emergency officials responded for more than three hours Friday morning.
The road was closed and traffic was rerouted during rush hour, but opened later in the day.