Traffic

2 people injured after crash with semi-truck in Beaufort. Fuel on road caused delays

Two people were injured after a semi-truck and a Honda vehicle collided Tuesday morning on Highway 21 near the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, officials say.

The crash occurred just before 8 a.m. when the Honda was traveling north and the semi-truck was attempting to make a left turn into MCAS, S.C. Highway Patrol spokesperson Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said.

“The semi-truck failed to yield the right-of-way and the two vehicles collided,” he said.

The two people inside the Honda were transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Southern said.

There was a lot of fuel on the road from the crash, so it would take time to clean it up, Burton Fire District spokesperson Capt. Dan Byrne said.

First responders were working to reroute traffic, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Maj. Bob Bromage said.

Because all lanes of Highway 21 were blocked, southbound traffic was rerouted onto Laurel Bay Road, and northbound was redirected onto Roseida Road, Bromage said.

Traffic was heavy in the area around 9 a.m., according to Google Maps. Tow trucks were on the scene of the crash as of 9:30 a.m., according to Highway Patrol, and all lanes were reopened around 10 a.m.

The crash is still under investigation, Southern said, and it’s unknown whether charges will be filed.

Lana Ferguson has reported on a smorgasbord of 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.
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