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Thomson man killed in pickup truck crash near Columbia, S.C.

A 25-year-old Thomson man has died from injuries received in a pickup truck crash near Columbia, S.C. early Thursday, according to authorities.

Justin Shelton, of White Oak Road, was taken by ambulance to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia where he died a short time later, South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson, a public information officer, said.

Mr. Shelton, a graduate of Thomson High School, lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet pickup while traveling south on Interstate 77 near Shop Road about 5:55 a.m., Lance Cpl. Robinson said. He later struck a guardrail before overturning several times. Mr. Shelton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck.

It was raining at the time of the crash, which occurred about four miles from Columbia, Lance Cpl. Robinson said.

Web posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

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