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Update: Accident involved Palmetto Breeze bus, 3 other vehicles on SC 170 in Okatie

Crash with injuries blocking traffic at S.C. 170 and U.S. 278 in Okatie

A three-vehicle collision was blocking traffic at the intersection of S.C. 170 and U.S. 278 in Okatie around 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. There are injuries in the crash, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol Real-Time Traffic Information website.
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A three-vehicle collision was blocking traffic at the intersection of S.C. 170 and U.S. 278 in Okatie around 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. There are injuries in the crash, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol Real-Time Traffic Information website.

This story was updated at 5 p.m.

A Palmetto Breeze bus, a pickup and two cars were involved in an accident that blocked a lane of S.C. 170 near Okatie Center Boulevard in Okatie on Friday afternoon, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accident happened at 2:35 p.m., said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern, spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

Southern said the driver of a Hyundai apparently was attempting to avoid rear-ending a Toyota Tundra pickup truck and changed lanes in front of the Palmetto Breeze bus, which was carrying passengers.

The bus hit the Hyundai, which was then pushed into the pickup, and the pickup was pushed into a Chevy Malibu, he said.

The driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance to Coastal Carolina Hospital.

The driver of the Hyundai was cited for an improper lane change, Southern said.

The accident blocked the right westbound lane of S.C. 170 for more than an hour. The vehicles were cleared around 4 p.m.

At 3:40 p.m., traffic was backed up along S.C. 170 from the area around Grace Coastal Church to U.S. 278.

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