A medical condition might have caused the driver of a hearse carrying a body to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a community sign Wednesday on Hilton Head Island, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
The Island Funeral Home & Crematory hearse was traveling on William Hilton Parkway at about 10:45 a.m. when the driver apparently experienced a medical problem and might have lost consciousness, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.
The 49-year-old driver rear-ended a van and struck a street sign for Coggins Point Road before driving off the road, clipping a pole and careening into the brick entrance sign for Port Royal Plantation, McIntosh said.
Following the crash, the driver was semiconscious but not alert. He was taken to the hospital. He was cited for a seatbelt violation, McIntosh added.
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Damage to the sign is estimated at $5,000, she said. The van that was struck had minor damage, and its driver was not injured, McIntosh said.
Island Funeral Home came to the scene and took possession of the body.
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