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Tire blowout causes fatal wreck on I-20

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AIKEN -- Authorities say a sport utility flipped several times on Interstate 20, killing an 88-year-old Columbia-area woman and injuring four others who were returning from a funeral.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said passenger Nell Barr of West Columbia died after she was partially thrown out of the Mercury Mountaineer about 2:30 p.m. Friday

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner said the driver, 71-year-old Sumter Moore of Columbia, lost control when a tire blew out.

Moore, his wife and two children were taken to a Columbia hospital. Carlton said only 67-year-old Beverly Moore has serious injuries.

Barr was the only one not wearing a seat belt.

The five were returning to Columbia after attending a funeral for a relative in Aiken.

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