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Four-car wreck snarls bypass traffic

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By Jesef Williams

Nancy Plyler was on her way home Thursday morning when she was part of a four-vehicle accident along S.C. 9 Bypass that sent three people to the hospital.

She says the event was nerve-racking.

Ruth Taylor Marjorie, 62, of Heath Springs was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on the bypass as Robert McCormick of Rock Hill was traveling in a 1994 Mazda sedan in the opposite direction, according to Lancaster police.

McCormick, 62, was driving through the Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road intersection when Marjorie tried to make a left turn in front of him, Sgt. Reggie Byrum said.

The Chevy struck the Mazda, bounced off of it and hit a 2001 Volkswagen that was waiting at the stop light on Meeting Street.

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 a.m.

McCormick suffered possible broken ribs. The driver of the Volkswagen suffered a bruised knee and the other occupant broke both of her arms, Byrum said.

All three were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital.

The two occupants of the Volkswagen were treated and released. As of 3 p.m. Thursday, McCormick remained hospitalized, Byrum said.

Marjorie, of 3827 Old Camden Highway, was charged with failure to yield right away. She was not injured in the accident.

Marjorie was traveling 20 mph and McCormick was going 50 mph. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Alcohol was not a factor and all occupants in the vehicles involved were wearing seat belts, Byrum said.

'I was so nervous'

Plyler, who was driving a Honda Accord, was on Meeting Street preparing to turn right onto S.C. 9 Bypass.

Plyler, who was just a few feet from the crash, wasn't struck by any of the vehicles but several pieces of debris shot in the air and hit her car.

"It was raining pieces of automobile," Plyler said. "It (the debris) went straight up into the air."

As a wrecking crew swept the debris on the road and towed the vehicles away, Plyler talked of how surprised she was not to get hit.

Plyler, who was heading to her home on Shiloh Unity Road, says that was the closest she had ever been to a wreck. She had to calm her nerves before she was able to go home.

"I was so nervous," she said. "I knew not to drive."

- Contact Jesef Williamsat 283-1152 orjwilliams@thelancasternews.com