GOP congressional candidate seriously hurt in car crash

Katie Arrington defeated Mark Sanford in primary
Posted at 10:14 AM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 13:15:44-04

(AP) - A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a car wreck.

Republican congressional nominee Katie Arrington will likely be hospitalized for two weeks, according to her spokesman. 

Spokesman Michael Mule said a friend was driving Arrington from Charleston to Hilton Head Island for an event when their vehicle was struck while traveling on U.S. Highway 17 on Friday night. Authorities say the vehicle Arrington was traveling in was hit head on. The driver of that car was killed.

Mule says Arrington broke her back and several ribs and needed surgery to remove part of her small intestine and colon. He says she will need additional surgeries.

Arrington's friend was also injured. Mule said in a statement that Arrington's family is asking for prayers for her, for her friend, the driver who was killed and their families.