U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington injured in crash

South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington was seriously injured in a car crash Friday night. Officials say she was a passenger in a car that was hit head on. The collision occurred around 9 pm, ET on Highway 17 in Adams Run, according to the sheriff's office.

Arrington was traveling on a highway in the passenger seat when another driver traveling in the wrong direction struck the car carrying her and a friend, her campaign said on Twitter. She and her friend were driving to Hilton Head, where Arrington was scheduled to receive an award Saturday morning, her campaign said.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the other woman in the car with Arrington was identified as Jacqueline Goff.
Both Arrington and Goff sustained serious injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Capt. Roger Antonio, a public information officer.

The sheriff's office said the driver of the second vehicle died at the scene. The coroner's office is working to identify the deceased party, Antonio added.

Her spokesperson Michael Mule said that Arrington is alert and recovering in the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. Her family is with her at the hospital, Mule said.

According to her campaign, Arrington suffered a fracture to her back, broken ribs, and a partial collapse of the main artery in her legs. She will have to undergo "major surgery" to remove a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her colon, and will require a stent in the main artery in her legs.

"Additional surgeries will be required including one likely today; and it is likely that Katie will remain hospitalized for the next two weeks," her campaign said.

Arrington's Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, announced Saturday morning that he's suspending his campaign out of respect for her recovery.
"Just hearing about the terrible accident that occurred overnight involving Katie Arrington. Amanda and I are lifting her and her family up in prayer right now. Please join us," Cunningham wrote on Twitter. "We are suspending all campaign activities until further notice."

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost to Arrington in the Republican primary last week, said on Twitter, "Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night's automobile accident."

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