Chapin, SC Head On Collision, Jul 2000


By The Associated Press.
Columbia - A 12-year-old girl critically injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 26 has died, bringing the death toll in the crash to eight.
MARY TAYLOR ODOM died around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said.
She suffered head injuries and a torn aorta when the Chevrolet Suburban she was riding in was hit head-on by a cargo truck that blew a tire Monday on I-26 near Chapin.
Five other members of MARY TAYLOR'S family, including her parents and twin sister died in the crash, along with a Belorussian exchange student in the family's care and the driver of the truck.
Two members of the Asheville, N.C., family and another exchange student survived.
Hospital officials said 8-year-old KAITLIN ODOM was in serious condition Wednesday night. Her 16-year-old brother ABEL is in good condition. The second exchange student, NAFTIA BLIUDUX, 12, is in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

The Times And Democrat Orangeburg South Carolina 2000-07-28