By Heather Ruppe
Several Colleton County residents were seriously injured last week when their cars collided along Charleston Highway, outside of Walterboro.
The two vehicles crashed on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 6th near the 7900 block of S.C. Highway 64, otherwise known as Charleston Highway.
According to rescue officials who responded to the scene, the crash occurred when the driver of a Ford Fusion struck and the driver of an SUV struck each other head-on. The vehicles were traveling in opposite directions. The SUV involved in the crash was also pulling a boat.
The collision forced the SUV into a nearby ditch, and the attached boat overturned.
The driver of the SUV was unrestrained. However, he suffered non-life-threatening injuries and he denied being transported to a hospital.
There two people inside the Ford Fusion. They were also unrestrained, meaning they were not seat belts at the time of the crash, according to Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy.
Both the man and woman in the Ford Fusion were transported to Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro. “The female developed complications that required emergency medical interventions,” said McRoy. According to McRoy, the unidentified woman was airlifted from Colleton Medical Center to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center, via the CARE Flight Medical Helicopter. Her medical condition is not known.
Meanwhile, traffic along Charleston Highway was down to one lane for several hours, while debris from the crash was cleared from the roadway.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating this crash.