Jeep rolls, injures 3 in Burton on Laurel Bay Road

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comJune 13, 2014 

Medical helicopters wait at the scene of an injury accident on Laurel Bay Road on June 13, 2014.

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Three people were seriously injured Friday when the Jeep Wrangler they were in rolled several times near Laurel Bay and Joe Frazier roads, according to the Burton Fire District.

All three victims were thrown from the vehicle, according to Dan Byrne, fire district spokesman.

Two of them were flown to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, and the third was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Byrne and S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly said.

The Highway Patrol is investigating. The Jeep was traveling east on Laurel Bay Road toward U.S. 21 when it went off the right side of the road, flipped several times and stopped in the median, Byrne and Wimberly said. It did not hit other vehicles and was heavily damaged, Byrne added.

"They definitely weren't wearing their seat belts," Wimberly said of the victims.

Byrne and Wimberley did not know the names of the victims Friday afternoon.

The wreck shut down both lanes of Laurel Bay Road for about an hour, Byrne said.

It is another in a string of serious wrecks in the area since June 1, including a two-vehicle rollover accident at Castle Road and Robert Smalls Parkway, he said.

This month, Burton firefighters have responded to six vehicle accidents that have resulted in 15 people being taken to hospitals, three with serious to life-threatening injuries, Byrne said. The injured have included adults and children. Two accidents required firefighters to extricate trapped occupants.

"It's been getting dangerous out there on the roads," Byrne said.

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