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Coroner: Woman killed in head-on crash, car seat likely saved infant

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An Elgin woman was killed in a head-on crash Friday and a 5-month-old child was taken to the hospital.

According to the Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Friday on Elgin Road, which is less than a half mile from the victim's house.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 23-year-old Brittany Powell died in the crash.

Investigators say Powell was headed south on Elgin Road when she crossed the center line and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck swerved to avoid her vehicle, but troopers say Powell overcorrected and hit the truck head-on.

Powell was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene, Watts said. The 5-month-old passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, likely saved because she was secured in her car seat.

Watts says the baby girl's injuries are "nothing compared to what would've happened if the child wasn't in the car seat."

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

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