A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured when his patrol car was struck while parked behind a cleaning crew Monday on the Broad River Bridge, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The accident briefly halted S.C. 170 traffic in both directions over the bridge, which spans Port Royal Sound.
Ridgeland resident Glenwood Joseph was driving a 1995 GMC Yukon in the left-hand westbound lane when he struck Cpl. Paul Slauson's Dodge Charger patrol car from behind at about 10:30 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol spokeswoman Hannah Wimberly.
Slauson's cruiser was stopped in the left-hand lane, which was closed while the cleaning crew worked.
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Joseph, 48, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, Wimberly said.
At the time of the wreck, the blue lights on Slauson's cruiser were on, which should have prompted Joseph to move into the right-hand lane, Wimberly said.
Slauson and Joseph were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and were released Monday, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Robin McIntosh. Neither vehicle had passengers.
The traffic flow on S.C. 170 resumed in both directions about 11:15 a.m., with both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane open. The left-hand westbound lane remained closed as the cleaning crew resumed work.
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