Tire blowout causes fatal wreck after SC funeral

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 7:46 PM
Tire blowout causes fatal wreck after SC funeral

Authorities say a sport utility flipped over several times on Interstate 20 in South Carolina, killing an 88-year-old woman and injuring four others who were returning from a funeral.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says passenger Nell Barr of West Columbia died after she was partially thrown from the Mercury Mountaineer about 2:30 p.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner says the driver, 71-year-old Sumter Moore of Columbia, lost control when a tire blew out.

Moore, his wife and two children were taken to a Columbia hospital. Carlton says only 67-year-old Beverly Moore has serious injuries. Barr was the only one not wearing a seat belt.

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The five were returning to Columbia after attending a funeral for a relative in Aiken.