9 injured in wrecks Friday; 5 hurt in Thursday crash identified

rlurye@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2014 

Two people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road in Bluffton, according to police.

Moments earlier, two people were hurt one mile west in a wreck at the highway's Buck Island Road intersection, said Capt. Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department.

The cars involved in that wreck came to a rest in the same embankment where a Mack truck overturned on a Lexus SUV on Thursday, killing a Bluffton woman and injuring five others. The S.C. Highway Patrol released the names Friday of the five people injured in Thursday's wreck, which remained under investigation.

Later Friday afternoon, a three-car wreck on Okatie Highway left five people injured, two of them requiring hospitalization, according to Manning.

SIMMONSVILLE ROAD

One person was airlifted to the hospital and another person was injured when two vehicles wrecked at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to Manning.

Manning said it appeared that a white pickup truck was traveling east on the highway when the driver crossed the median and struck a white SUV in a westbound lane.

Witnesses said the truck was traveling fast, according to Manning.

The woman who was driving the SUV was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, and the truck driver was brought there by ambulance, he said.

Their names and conditions wrecks were not available Friday, police said.

Westbound lanes of U.S. 278 were closed to traffic for about an hour as crews responded to the wreck, according to Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District.The investigation is continuing.

BUCK ISLAND ROAD

Two people were transported to the hospital by ambulance following a wreck at the U.S. 278-Buck Island Road intersection shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday, Hunter said.

A black Volkswagen traveling west on the highway was turning left onto Buck Island Road when its driver failed to yield the right of way and crashed into a red Lexus traveling east, Manning said.

The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Memorial University Medical Center, he said. The driver of the Lexus was brought to Coastal Carolina by a relative.

An investigation is ongoing, but Manning said charges are pending against the Volkswagen's driver.

WRECK VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The Highway Patrol has released the names of the five people injured in a four-vehicle wreck that killed a Bluffton woman at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Buck Island Road at midday Thursday:

  • Howard Kravitz, 69, of Bluffton, driver of a 2009 Lexus SUV, was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he was in fair condition Friday, according to hospital spokesman Michael Notricia. His passenger and wife, 65-year-old Anne Kravitz, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.
  • Chesley Carter, 43, of Beaufort, driver of a 2000 Mack truck, was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition was unavailable.
  • Glenn Sloan, 78, of Bluffton, driver of a red 1986 Mercedes Benz convertible, was taken to Memorial University Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition.
  • Christine Matthews, 53, of Bluffton, a passenger in the convertible, was taken to Memorial University Medical Center where she was listed in fair condition.
  • Roy Turner, 69, of Bluffton, driver of a white 2014 Honda SUV, was taken to Hilton Head Hospital. His condition was unavailable.

The Mack truck overturned, landing on top of the Lexus SUV in an embankment off the intersection, shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly.

Rescue workers from the Bluffton fire district, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division and Beaufort County EMS worked for hours to free three occupants from the vehicles.

Three of the injured were airlifted because of the severity of their injuries, Ott said. It was not announced Friday which patients were transported by helicopter.

Wimberly said she did not have additional information on the accident, citing the ongoing investigation. The Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team will spend a minimum of three weeks looking into the wreck, she said.

SC 170, BLUFFTON PARKWAY

Five people were hurt, two of them hospitalized, following a three-vehicle accident on S.C. 170 at Bluffton Parkway, Manning said.

The cars were in traffic approaching the intersection at about 5:40 p.m. when the light turned red and a gray Acura slowed, according to Manning. A blue Nissan struck the back of the Acura, and a red Pontiac rear-ended the Nissan, he said.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were transported to Coastal Carolina Hospital, according to Manning. The driver and passenger of the Acura and the driver of the Pontiac had minor injuries but declined transportation to the hospital, he said.

An investigation into the wreck continues.

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

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