Runaway truck kills Mt. Pleasant woman, injures 2 at concert

Published: Jul. 18, 2011 at 8:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Three Mount Pleasant women were run over by an out of control truck over the weekend, killing one of them.

Authorities say 20-year-old Nicole Miller was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning after a runaway pickup truck rolled down a hill at a music festival, striking Miller and two of her friends.

The accident happened in Masontown, W. Va., during the "All Good Music" festival. The Preston County Sheriff's Department says a GMC pickup truck went rolling down a hill out of the control, striking tents, cars, and Miller and her friends, who were sleeping in a tent at the time.

Authorities pronounced Miller dead on the scene, which was tragic news for those hundreds of miles away in Mt. Pleasant.

"When we heard the news this morning what had happened in West Virginia, it's a loss for the Wando family. I'm saddened by it. People that had a close relationship, teachers and so forth," Wando High associate principal Bryan Hearn said.

Miller was a 2010 graduate of Wando High School.

After graduating from Wando High, she then continued her education at Trident Technical College. TTC says she was an associate of culinary arts student and had completed two semesters at the school.

Authorities say 20-year-old Elizabeth "Rose" Doran and 21-year-old Yen Ton were also seriously injured in the accident and flown to a nearby hospital. A Ruby Memorial Hospital spokesperson says Doran is in good condition, and it was reported early Monday that Ton was also in good condition. The Wando High family is now mourning the loss of Miller.

"We have a lot of kids here. We try to treat them and track them as individuals. It's a very sad day when we lose one," Hearn said.

Friends of Elizabeth "Rosie" Doran say on her Facebook status she wrote that she had broken her pelvis and a head injury. The Preston County Sheriff's Office says Miller was taken to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the truck. About 30,000 people attended the weekend concert this year to listen to music and camp in the Allegheny Mountains.

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