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Cassatt mail carrier, firefighter dies in vehicle accident

Posted: November 7, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A Cassatt mail carrier and volunteer firefighter died Wednesday morning after she ran off the road and into a concrete statue. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers identified the victim as Erica Broughton, 26, of Cassatt.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Broughton was traveling south on U.S. 1 when the accident happened around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday about one-half mile south of Bethune. Fellers said when Broughton ran off the road, she struck a brick column holding the statue at the entrance to a Bethune area driving range. He said a piece of the statue flew through the windshield of her 2005 Toyota truck, which she was using to deliver mail. Fellers said the concrete piece struck Broughton in the head, killing her.

Jones said Broughton was not wearing a seatbelt, and that the accident is still under investigation.

Broughton worked out of the Cassatt post office. A spokesperson said she had worked in the post office for one year, and that Wednesday marked her first day out on a delivery route.

Broughton also volunteered with the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department. The department issued a press release Thursday noting Broughton’s passing.

“Erica was an active firefighter with our department and has served with the department since 2011,” Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah officials said. “Erica held many fire certifications and was a trained medical first responder. Erica served the community alongside her husband, Derek; brother, B.J. Marshall; and cousin, Jeremy Kennington, who are also volunteer firefighters with our department.

The fire department noted that a funeral service for Broughton will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Abney Baptist Church, 5180 Bethune Road in Kershaw with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at Powers Funeral Home in Lugoff from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

“All firefighters who are attending the funeral are asked to wear their Class A or dress uniforms if available to form a walkthrough line in honor of the family,” officials said, asking firefighters to arrive at the church by 2:30 p.m. for further instructions. “Thank you for all your prayers and support of our fire department family and this family.”

(Editor Martin L. Cahn contributed to this story.)

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