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Woman killed after SUV hits creek in Orangeburg County

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A 76-year-old woman died Saturday when her SUV careened into a creek in Orangeburg County.

The Windsor, Connecticut, woman was driving a Ford Escape northbound on Interstate 95 near mile marker 90 at 3 p.m. when she “ran off the right side of the roadway and into a small creek,” S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

“The driver was killed as a result of the crash,” he said.

She was wearing a seatbelt.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Canaan Fire Department dive team also responded to the accident.

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the name of the victim.

According to the most recent data from the S.C. Department of Public Safety, 322 people died on the state’s highways as of May 13, compared to 382 highway deaths during the same period in 2017.

Of the 234 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2018, 116 were not wearing seat belts.

Through May 13, 48 pedestrians have died compared to 54 in 2017; 31 motorcyclists have died compared to 42 in 2017; and five bicyclists have died compared to seven in 2017 on state roads and highways.

In Calhoun County, there have been five highway fatalities in 2018.

Orangeburg County has had 13 highway fatalities so far this year. Bamberg County has not had any.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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