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August 8, 2013

Memphis Woman Hurt in Crash Near Library

A Memphis woman sustained serious injuries in a collision at an intersection near the Scotland County Memorial Library on July 30th.

According to the Memphis Police Department, Opal Emel, 88, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Cecil Street when she failed to yield at the Madison Street intersection. The Emel vehicle pulled into the path of an eastbound 1995 Dodge pickup driven by Kevin Holton, 41, of Memphis.

Holton attempted to avoid the Emel vehicle, but ultimately impacted the truck's passenger side at the south edge of the intersection. Emel's pickup traveled off the east side of Cecil Street where it impacted a tree.

Emel was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis and later was transferred to University Hospital in Columbia.

A passenger in the Holton vehicle, 11-year-old Kalissa Thomas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. She was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

Holton's vehicle sustained extensive damage in the collision. It was towed from the scene by Chance Service. The Emel vehicle was totaled. It was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing.

Emel was ticketed for failure to yield to oncoming traffic, resulting in an accident.


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