Head-On Vehicle Crash Kills Two in Calhoun County, South Carolina
CALHOUN COUNTY, SC. – A head-on vehicle crash killed two people in Calhoun County, South Carolina, according to a news report posted online by wistv.com. The collision also left one additional person with injuries. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash.*
The crash happened in the late afternoon on February 9 in Calhoun County. At about 3:45 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on U.S. Highway 21 reportedly crossed over the centerline of the highway and traveled into the opposite lane of travel. The northbound vehicle then crashed head-on into a vehicle that was traveling south.
The makes and models of the two vehicles were not reported. It is not clear what caused the driver of the northbound vehicle to leave his lane of travel. South Carolina Highway Patrol has not yet reported on the cause of the accident or potential causes that Troopers are investigating.
The drivers of both vehicles sustained critical injuries in the wreck. The driver of the northbound vehicle died at the scene. The Calhoun County Coroner’s Office has identified him as 56-year-old Henri Smoak. Smoak’s city of residence was not reported.
Emergency responders transported the driver of the southbound vehicle to Prisma Health Richland via medical helicopter. Her injuries were too severe, and she did not survive. Officials pronounced her dead at the hospital not long after the crash. The Calhoun County Coroner’s Office has identified her as 37-year-old Avonette Owens. Reports did not include Owens’s city of residence.
A passenger in Owens’s vehicle was also seriously injured and transported to a nearby hospital. This person has not been identified, and his or her current medical condition is not known.
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