Fatal accident closes Highway 17 North in McClellanville

Officials are responding to a fatal accident on Highway 17 North near the Georgetown County Line. Photo courtesy Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District
Officials are responding to a fatal accident on Highway 17 North near the Georgetown County Line. Photo courtesy Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCBD)– A fatal accident closed Highway 17 North in McClellanville for hours on Saturday evening.

The Charleston County Fire Department, Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District, Charleston County Rescue, and Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident that occurred just before 9 pm.

It happened in Charleston County near the Georgetown County Line and the Santee River Bridge. It was also near Rutledge Road.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says the driver of a Saturn lost control of the vehicle, which then crossed into the center median where it flipped. The driver was ejected and died at the scene. A passenger was transported to MUSC with injuries. Officials believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

After the accident, one of the two northbound lanes was closed for a few hours as officials asked drivers to avoid the area.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit (STEU) continues to investigate the incident.

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