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Victim in deadly Hilton Head Island bridge crash identified

Traffic camera view of the bridge to Hilton Head Island Wednesday afternoon.
Traffic camera view of the bridge to Hilton Head Island Wednesday afternoon. Beaufort County

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen has identified the victim of Wednesday's multi-vehicle crash on the bridge to Hilton Head Island as Jennifer Pettersen, 35.

Her vehicle and license were registered in Colorado, but she was living on Hilton Head Island, Allen said Thursday.

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Three other people were injured in the crash and transported to local hospitals, Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District said Wednesday. Their names and conditions were not available Thursday morning.

The crash closed both U.S. 278 eastbound lanes to traffic for hours as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office began rerouting traffic in both directions of the bridge's westbound lanes shortly after 6 p.m. and did not clear the scene until about 9 p.m., Capt. Bob Bromage said. At that time, traffic was backed up to Tanger Outlets Center 1, he said.

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