1 dead, several injured in US 278 wreck

rlurye@islandpacket.comJune 5, 2014 

One person was killed and several others injured in a four-vehicle wreck shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Fording Island and Buck Island roads, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Anne Kravitz, 65, of Bluffton died when the Lexus she was in was crushed beneath a garbage truck that overturned on the shoulder of eastbound Fording Island Road, according to Deputy Coroner David Ott.

The drivers of the Lexus and the truck, who also were trapped in their vehicles after the wreck, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the Highway Patrol.

A red Mercedes Benz convertible and white Honda SUV also were involved in the accident.

The driver and a passenger in the convertible also were taken to Memorial University Medical Center, Wimberly said. The back seat of the convertible was crushed.

The driver of the SUV, which had a mangled bumper, was taken to Hilton Head Hospital, she said.

Three of the injured were airlifted due to the severity of their injuries, Ott said.

Wimberly did not release the victims' names, conditions or the cause of the wreck Thursday evening, citing the ongoing investigation.

Firefighters, EMS and officers remained at the scene until about 5:30 p.m., when a tow truck was able to set the garbage truck upright and eastbound Fording Island Road was reopened.

While roads were closed, eastbound traffic backed up all the way to Fording Island Road's intersection with S.C. 170. A portion of Buck Island Road also was temporarily closed.

Rescuers had to work for hours to remove Kravitz from the Lexus, according to Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Ott said.

The Highway Patrol is leading the investigation, but the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team had not determined a cause of the crash Thursday evening. Investigations by the team can take several weeks or months.

In addition to the Bluffton Township Fire District, the Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division, Beaufort County EMS and Bluffton Police Department responded to the wreck. Follow reporter

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