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Woman hurt in bypass wreck

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Single-car accident ties up traffic

By Chris Sardelli

A long line of cars and trucks stretched into the distance Wednesday afternoon, July 23, after a one-car accident injured a woman and snarled traffic along S.C. 9 Bypass.
S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. James Miller said the accident happened about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. 9 Bypass and Grace Avenue, about two miles west of Lancaster.
Miller said the driver, Tammy Stephens, 46, of Fort Lawn, was traveling east on the bypass in a 2005 Honda Element when the accident happened. He said she drove off the left side of the road and then overturned.
“She was injured and entrapped and had to be extricated by mechanical means,” Miller said. “She was then flown by helicopter to CMC (Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte).”
Rescue crews, including members of the Lancaster Rescue Squad and Lancaster County Fire Service, could be seen at the accident scene removing the roof of the blue SUV to free Stephens. Several emergency workers in yellow vests remained at the scene for at least an hour after the driver was freed.
Stephens was wearing a seatbelt during the accident, Miller said. There were no passengers in the car and no one else was injured in the crash.
Miller said Stephens was later charged with driving under the influence.
On Thursday, Miller did not know Stephens’ condition.
“I don’t know, but it was bad enough that she had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital,” he said.
An employee with CMC’s media relations department said Thursday afternoon that Stephens was not listed in their database.

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Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416