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Two women die in wreck near Back River Bridge

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JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) -

Two women died Wednesday night in a wreck on U.S. 17 near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

The women's names aren't being released, pending notification of kin.

The road was closed for more than three hours after the 5:30 wreck on U.S. 17, less than half a mile north of the Back River Bridge.

The South Carolina Highway patrol says the driver of a white Lincoln was heading north when she swerved into the southbound lane, striking a gray sedan head-on.

Jodie Borger was driving behind that gray car and watched the wreck happen. She said the impact sent both cars airborne.

"Everything happened so fast," she said. "The gray car didn't have time to put on her brakes."

Borger swerved onto the grass to avoid the collision and called 911.

"I was talking saying, 'People are coming. Help's on the way,'" Borger said. "But there was no reaction. another man, a marine, came over to help. And he stood over by the white car and was talking to that person but was saying that there was no response."

Firefighters had to cut women from both cars.

"You couldn't even get inside to get to these people to help because the cars were just destroyed," she said.

The driver of the gray sedan was declared dead on the scene. The driver of the white Lincoln was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center, where she died.

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