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Update: One driver airlifted after tractor-trailer accident on US 278 in Bluffton

Raw footage: Car underneath semi placed on wrecker after crash on US 278

A wreck on US 278 caused westbound traffic to back up for miles after a semi truck and at least two passenger cars were involved in an accident in Bluffton.
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A wreck on US 278 caused westbound traffic to back up for miles after a semi truck and at least two passenger cars were involved in an accident in Bluffton.

One person was airlifted Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tractor-trailer blocked lanes of eastbound U.S. 278 in Bluffton.

Bluffton Police Department posted on Facebook that the accident near Simmonsville Road involved five vehicles. One of the vehicles went under the tractor-trailer in the crash.

Traffic was being diverted around the accident using the turn lane just after 9 a.m.

At 9:28 a.m., a wrecker was on scene to remove the tractor-trailer.

Officials were able to clear the scene by 10:30 a.m., said Capt. Joe Babkiewicz, Bluffton Police Department spokesman.

One driver was flown to Savannah Memorial Hospital. Four other people suffered minor injuries, he said.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation on Wednesday afternoon, he said.

“We just encourage everyone to be cautious and be aware of their surroundings as they travel during the holidays,” he said.

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