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Woman dies in collision with tractor-trailer

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The scene of the accident. (Source: Connelly-Anne Bartle) The scene of the accident. (Source: Connelly-Anne Bartle)
CAYCE, SC (WIS) -

A West Columbia woman is dead after the car she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Charleston Hwy. near Interstate 26 Wednesday afternoon.

According to Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman, the accident happened around 5:40 p.m. 

Harman said 43-year-old Melissa H. Patterson was driving a 2005 Ford Focus southbound when her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer that was making a left hand turn from the I-26 exit ramp. Patterson's vehicle struck the rear tandems of the trailer, the coroner said.

Patterson was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced at the scene, according to the coroner. An autopsy will be performed on Thursday to determine the exact cause of death.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lexington County Coroner's Office and Cayce Public Safety. 

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