Highway Patrol identifies those injured in US 278 wreck

rlurye@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2014 

The S.C. Highway Patrol has identified the five people injured in a fatal, four-vehicle wreck midday Thursday.

The drivers of a 2000 Mack truck, 43-year-old Chesley Carter of Beaufort, and a 2009 Lexus SUV, 69-year-old Howard Kravitz of Bluffton, were transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah following the wreck. Carter's truck had overturned, coming to rest on top of the Lexus in an embankment off the intersection of Fording Island and Buck Island roads shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly.

The passenger of the Lexus, 65-year-old Anne Kravitz, was killed in the wreck, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the accident, rescue workers from the Bluffton Township Fire District, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division and Beaufort County EMS worked for hours to free the three occupants from their vehicles.

A red 1986 Mercedes Benz convertible and white 2014 Honda SUV also were involved in the wreck.

The convertible's driver, 78-year-old Glenn Sloan of Bluffton, and passenger, 53-year-old Christine Matthews of Bluffton, were also transported to Memorial University Medical Center.

The driver of the Honda, 69-year-old Roy Turner of Bluffton, was transported to Hilton Head Hospital.

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

Howard Kravitz, Sloan and Matthews were in fair condition Friday, according to hospital spokesman Michael Notricia, who did not have information on Carter.

Turner's condition was not immediately available from Hilton Head Hospital.

Wimberly did not release additional information on the accident, citing the ongoing investigation.

Check back for updates.

Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.

Related content: 1 dead, several injured in US 278 wreck, June 5, 2014

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