Fatal car-motorcyle collision early Thursday

After a lengthy period of highway safety, Laurens County has seen three fatal traffic accidents in a month and two in consecutive days, both near Clinton.

On Saturday morning at approximately 9:45, the driver of a 2005 Kia Sorento perished, 39-year-old Kristi Couch died in a single-car accident on Hurricane Church Road near S.C. 72 near Clinton. According to Trooper First Class Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the victim, of Clinton, who was wearing a seatbelt, veered off the road to the left, overcorrected and ran off the right side into a tree. She was trapped in the vehicle.