Woman on the way to work dies in early-morning crash, Midlands coroner says

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A Midlands woman driving to work Monday was killed when another car swerved into her lane and caused a head-on crash, the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office said.

Melissa Moore died at the scene, Coroner David West said. The 55-year-old Camden-area resident was on her way to her job at MLILY Corporation — a mattress producing company — in Ridgeway, according to West.

The two-vehicle collision happened at about 6 a.m. on S.C. 34/Ridgeway Road, near the intersection with Turkey Ridge Lane, said Master Trooper David Jones of South Carolina Highway Patrol. That’s about 8 miles from Exit 92 on Interstate 20 near Lugoff.

Moore was driving a 2015 Nissan west on S.C. 34 when a 2007 Saturn heading in the opposite direction crossed the center line leading to the wreck, according to Jones.

The man driving the Saturn was taken to a Prisma Health hospital in Richland County, according to West. Jones said the Saturn driver suffered serious injuries, but further information on his condition was not available.

Both Moore and the man driving the Saturn wore seat belts, according to Jones.

No other injuries were reported.

Information on what caused the Saturn to veer into oncoming was not available, but the crash that West called an accident continues to be investigated by Highway Patrol and the coroner’s office.

Through Monday afternoon, 590 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2021, state Department of Public Safety data shows.

At least 12 people have been killed in Kershaw County crashes in 2021, DPS reported.

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