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Fatal Accident in Columbia Leaves Two People Dead

1:41 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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  • Shyborn Belton (Image: Richland County Detention Center)

Columbia, SC (WLTX)  - The South Carolina Highway Patrol says at least two people are dead following an early morning car chase that ended in in Columbia.

According to SCHP,  the driver of a 2011 Hyundai was being chased by Cayce Police when the driver ran a red light at Blossom and Huger streets. The Hyundai hit a Ford minivan. Both drivers are dead.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identifies the driver of the Hyundai as 23-year-old Shyborn K. Belton of Columbia. Watts says Belton evaded a traffic stop.

The person in the other vehicle was 48-year-old Chamberlain Branch. Branch was the governor's mansion complex supervisor. More: Longtime Governor's Mansion Staffmember Killed in Collision

After the initial collision, the Hyundai then side swiped a Capitol City Cab. Bill Grooms, the General Manager of the taxi company, said his driver was sitting at a red light when it was hit and his driver is ok. Three passengers in the Hyundai were taken to the hospital. The severity of their injuries are unknown at this time.

Columbia Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis says one car was on fire when crews arrived on the scene. One of the vehicles also struck the Antique Mall building on Huger Street.

Multiple agencies including Cayce Police, Richland County Sheriff's Deputies, USC Police, SC Highway Patrol and Richland County EMS assisted in the accident.


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