Updated: Three men die in Old Richburg Road accident

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By Travis Jenkins

Three men were killed Monday morning in a car crash near Richburg.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., a 1999 Volkswagon was traveling westbound on Old Richburg Road near the intersection of Lizzie Melton Road. The car went off the side of the roadway and collided with multiple trees.
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker confirmed that all three passengers in the car were killed as a result of head or chest trauma. Dead as a result of the accident were the driver, Gregory Bernard McCrorey, 43, of Clara Court in Chester, front-seat passenger James Suber, 53, of Center Street in Great Falls and James Robert Crane, 56, of Hill Street in Great Falls, who was riding in the backseat of the car. Tinker said McCrorey and Suber were both wearing seat belts but because of the length of time it took to cut Crane out of the back seat, it is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt or not. None of the men were ejected from the car in the course of the crash.
During the course of the accident, debris from the car hit a Chester County Schools bus that was traveling eastbound on the road. The bus was reportedly badly damaged as a result of the wreck. According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Billy Elder and Chester County School District Public Information Officer Brooke Clinton, the driver and students in the bus were unharmed.
“They are two K-4 students from Lewisville Elementary School,” Clinton said of the students. “According to information we have received, the two students are safe and the bus driver is safe.”
Chester County Sheriff's Department deputies, EMS, the S.C. Highway Patrol, rescue and fire personnel and Tinker responded to the scene of the accident. An investigation remains on-going. Tinker said this is the first fatal crash in Chester County this year. He said this also marks the deadliest crash he has attended to as coroner, noting that he has responded to double fatalities on a couple of occasions, but never a triple fatality.