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A Hanahan woman died after a tractor-trailer struck her vehicle on Interstate 26 in Calhoun County.

Cynthia Salyer, 49, of Water Thrush Court, died Thursday as a result of blunt-force trauma, Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth said. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The collision involved three vehicles and caused traffic delays around mile marker 132 for several hours, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

All three vehicles were traveling westbound on I-26 at about 11:50 a.m. when the accident occurred, Jones said.

Salyer was slowing down for traffic when she was struck by the tractor-trailer, which was driven by a 26-year-old, Jones said. The Honda went off the right side of the road while the tractor-trailer continued on to strike a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck that had stopped for traffic.

The occupants of the tractor-trailer and truck were wearing seatbelts and were not injured, Jones said.

The accident remains under investigation by the Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigations Team.

As of September 4, 2017, 642 people have died on the state’s highways, compared to 684 highway deaths during the same time period in 2016.

Thursday’s highway fatality is the fourth one in Calhoun County this year.

At this same time last year, there were five highway fatalities.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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