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2 people killed, 2 others hurt after pickup truck hits lawnmower in York County, troopers say

One person on the lawn mower died at the scene along with the rear passenger of the truck.

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Two people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed and two others were injured when a truck crashed into a lawnmower in York County on Saturday, state troopers said. 

South Carolina Highway Patrol said the wreck happened at 8:35 p.m.Saturday night along Homestead Road, south of the India Hook community. Troopers said a 2001 Ford Ranger was heading east when the driver went off the road on the right, over-corrected and ran off the right side again. 

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At that point, troopers said the truck hit a lawnmower with two people on board. The rear passenger inside the pickup and one of the people on the mower died at the scene. The front passenger and the other person on the mower were hospitalized.

The York County Coroner's Office identified the truck passenger who died as 13-year-old Jessie Purser. She was thrown from the truck during the crash, officials said. Officials identified the victim on the mower as 32-year-old Christopher Kernaghan. 

SCHP did not reveal the condition of the pickup truck driver, nor have troopers said if any charges would come of the incident. 

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The investigation is still ongoing.


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