Crime & Public Safety

Drivers in US 278 crash identified

Bluffton Township Fire District firefighters worked the scene of an injury wreck at US 278 and SC 170 around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2016.
Bluffton Township Fire District firefighters worked the scene of an injury wreck at US 278 and SC 170 around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2016. Bluffton Township Fire District

Two people were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a two-vehicle crash at the overpass of U.S. 278 and S.C. 170.

The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to the scene around 10:30 p.m. and found the two occupants of one of the vehicles trapped, Capt. Randy Hunter said.

The two vehicles involved were a 2004 Nissan SUV driven by Mikhail Dolinskiy of Charlotte, N.C., and a 2008 Mercury four-door driven by April Jarrell of Estill, according to Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles were traveling eastbound when the Nissan slowed down, Southern said.

Jarrell’s vehicle, which was driving too fast for conditions, stuck the Nissan, he said. The Nissan then ran off the roadway and overturned, injuring Dolinskiy and his unidentified passenger. It took crews approximately half an hour to extract both of them out of the vehicle.

One was taken by helicopter to a local trauma center, and the other was transported to a hospital by ambulance, Hunter said. Their conditions have not been released.

Information about which hospital Dolinskiy and his passenger were taken to was not available, Southern said.

The westbound lanes of U.S. 278 were closed for approximately 45 minutes as the fire district crew worked.

Jarrell has been charged for speeding, Southern said.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner

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