Two women killed in crash on Midlands highway identified by coroner

Two people were killed in a three-car crash on a Midlands highway Tuesday afternoon, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The double-fatal crash happened around 1 p.m. on S.C. 34 near Memory Lane in Fairfield County, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Two women were killed in the crash, the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office called an accident in a news release. The women were identified as 57-year-old Columbia resident Linda McNair and 66-year-old Jacqueline Robertson of Ridgeway, according to the coroner’s news release.

A Toyota Corolla was traveling west on S.C. 34 when the driver tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone, Jones said. The car hit an eastbound Dodge Journey head on, causing the Dodge to spin out and hit an eastbound Buick SUV.

The drivers of the Corolla and the Journey were taken by EMS to Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where both died from their injuries, Jones said.

The driver of the Buick also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Jones said. All three drivers were wearing seat belts.

The deadly crash remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and highway patrol.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.