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Driver Died After Crashing Into a Pole in a One-Vehicle Accident in Midlands-area

December 29, 2019

One man was killed after a one-vehicle crash that occurred on a Midlands-area road on Saturday night, South Carolina Highway Patrol informed.

The driver was identified as Randall Chowning, Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock said. The fifty-five-year-old man of Turbeville died from the severe injuries he got in the accident. The crash is considered an accident. It occurred in the early evening hours, around 6 p.m., Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell said.

The man was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima. He was going east on Barrineau Road, just outside of Turbeville, (about 70 miles east of Columbia).

The car passed to the left side of the road, and then the driver corrected before running off the left side of the road. The Nissan then crashed into a pole, causing the car to flip over. Chowning was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occured; the crash ejected him, Tidwell said.

Chowning was alone in the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital where he died, Highway Patrol reported.

Almost 300 people who lost their lives on South Carolina roads did not wear seat belts, the Department of Public Safety informed.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating this case.

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