Victims identified in fatal Hwy 17N collision

Fatal accident on Hwy 17N

Awendaw, SC (WCBD) -Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal collision on Hwy 17N near Chandler Rd.

Charleston County Sheriffs office said deputies responded to scene shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The Charleston County Coroner has identified the victims as 62- year-old John Martin from St. Stephens. Martin died at Roper Mt. Pleasant from injuries sustained in the accident. The second victim has been identified as 62-year-old Henry Gaskins from Cordsville. Gaskins died on scene from injuries sustained in the accident.

There were two other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash, both were transported to the hospital.

Officials say the driver of a Toyota Tundra made a swift lane change in the left lane to avoid colliding into a slowing vehicle. The Toyota then side swiped  a Chevy truck causing the Toyota  to slide off the right side of the road where it hit a tree and turned on its side.

The driver and passenger of the Chevy truck are uninjured.

The Charleston County Sheriffs Office say they do not believe alcohol or speed were contributing factors.

The CCSO Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit and the Coroner’s Office are investigating.

The Coroner’s Office has yet to release the names of the victims.

Northbound lanes of Hwy 17 were closed for several hours.

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