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Young Mother in South Carolina Killed in Terrible Car Accident

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Barbara J. Morton was driving her Dodge Neon with her 3-year-old boy, Mikey Pound, when the drive took a tragic turn. She was on Sharon Church Road near Gaston when her Neon hit a Ford E-150. Morton’s vehicle was propelled into a ditch and burst into flames, according to The State.

Ray Shealy, the driver of the Ford E-150, failed to yield to Morton’s Neon. Nevertheless, he made a heroic effort to try and save both Barbara and her son. Fortunately, he was able to get the child out of the car and to safety, but was unable to save Barbara.

This stretch of road in Lexington County, South Carolina (SC) is usually quiet and not used to such a horrendous scene. Ricky Spires, who lived close by, also made a noble effort to try and save Barbara but could not. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Her legs were blocked by the front dash of the Neon. The extreme temperatures from the flames made the situation even more volatile and limited the amount of time they could try to extract Barbara.

My deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Barbara Morton. She was just 29 years old and had her entire life ahead of her. This is a tragedy and she was taken from this world far too soon.

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