Update: Deer running into traffic ties up morning commute on US 278 near Okatie

Beaufort County traffic camera image

A deer caused a two-vehicle pileup Wednesday morning that blocked one lane on U.S. 278 eastbound near Sun City, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. All lanes were open again as of 8 a.m.

S.C. Highway Patrol responded to the accident at 6:55 a.m. near Community College Drive in Okatie.

A deer ran out in front a vehicle, and then a second vehicle hit the first one, said Capt. Bob Bromage, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Bromage said there were no injuries.

Users of the Waze traffic app showed traffic backed up beyond Argent Boulevard, behind the Walmart in Hardeeville.

Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.