Traffic

Earlier wreck blocking westbound lanes of U.S. 278 in Okatie cleared. All lanes open

A vehicle accident on U.S. 278 in Okatie, which blocked westbound lanes around noon, has been cleared. All lanes are open, officials said.

The crash, near Palmer Grace Drive in Okatie, could be seen on traffic cameras as vehicles were being moved around it and through the grassy median.

Capt. Lee Levesque, spokesman for the Bluffton Township Fire District, said two cars and a truck were involved.

There were no injures, and no one was transported from the scene by EMS, Levesque said.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol also responded, according to Major Bob Bromage, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after the accident was reported, Google Maps showed heavy traffic from the scene of the wreck westbound along U.S. 278 beyond the S.C. 170 exit. Traffic also was heavy in the eastbound lanes past Sun City.

The vehicles were cleared a little more than an hour after the crash.

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Lisa Wilson is a reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.
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