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Clemson Player Involved in Fatal Wreck

A Rutherford high school graduate is dead after a single car accident Saturday.

Dache Gossett, 21, died at the scene after he was ejected from the Dodge Durango he was riding in.

Another teen in the vehicle, Carlos Watkins, 19, was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour and was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville with a possible broken leg, according to a sergeant with the N.C. Highway Patrol. Watkins is a sophomore defensive tackle on the Clemson football team.

The driver of the Durango, Tajae McMullens, 19, was not injured, but may face charges as a result of the accident.

The car was headed west on Old Henrietta Road in Rutherford County in heavy rain when the vehicle hydroplaned as the driver attempted to make a left turn on Providence Road.

The vehicle slid off the left side of the road and struck a power pole.

Gossett, who was riding in the back seat and was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the SUV.

The vehicle rolled over and landed on top of Gossett. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Highway Patrol Troopers will meet with the Rutherford County District Attorney on Tuesday to discuss charges in the accident. Troopers say drugs, alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident.


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