Beaufort News

Two air station Marines injured in Bluffton car crash

Two Marines were critically injured early Saturday when their car crashed into a tree near the S.C. 170/S.C. 46 roundabout in Bluffton, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

The car was traveling north on S.C. 170 at about 4 a.m. when the driver lost control near the roundabout and collided with the tree, Sgt. Joe Babkiewicz said.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove the passenger from the vehicle, according to Capt. Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District.

The passenger was air lifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and is in critical condition.

The driver was taken by ambulance to the same hospital and is in serious condition.

Babkiewicz said names are being withheld until the Marine Corps can notify the victims' families. The two men were based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, he said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, Babkiewicz said.