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COLUMBIA – Six people were killed on South Carolina roadways from Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, March 17, at 11:59 p.m., the S.C. Department of Public Safety announced Monday.

As of March 17, 173 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 177 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.

Of the 173 people who have died in 2019, 122 had access to seat belts, and 58 were not wearing seat belts.

Through March 17, 30 pedestrians have died compared to 28 in 2018; 10 motorcyclists have died compared to 15 in 2018; and five bicyclists have died compared to two in 2018 on state roads and highways.

Orangeburg County has seen its death toll for 2019 reach seven, up two from this time a year ago. Four Orangeburg County residents have been killed in crashes since March 10.

Calhoun County has two traffic deaths and Bamberg County has had none in 2019.

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