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Coroner identifies woman killed in crash involving deputy cruiser

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Deputy cruiser involved in deadly crash. (Courtesy: Keri Leatrice) Deputy cruiser involved in deadly crash. (Courtesy: Keri Leatrice)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Coroner Greg Shore said a Seneca woman has died after an Anderson County Sheriff's Office cruiser crashed into a pick-up truck she was riding in.

Troopers with the SC Highway Patrol said the crash happened two minutes before midnight Friday on Clemson Boulevard.

The deputy's cruiser collided with a Dodge pick-up near Beltline Boulevard, troopers said.

The driver and two passengers were all trapped inside the truck after the crash, and troopers said responders had to use mechanical means to remove the injured people from the pick-up.

They were taken to the hospital where troopers said one passenger in the dodge, a 45-year-old female, later died.

Shore identified the victim as Frances Smith. Shore said Smith was riding unrestrained in middle of the Dodge's bench seat and died of head and chest trauma.

Frances was riding with her boyfriend, the driver, and her son on their way to a restaurant, Shore said.

Lt. Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said a deputy and a reserve officer were in the cruiser. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Shore said the deputy's cruiser crossed over the center line and crashed into the pick-up.

The Highway Patrol's MAIT team is investigating the crash.

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