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.
One person has died and another taken to a local hospital in this single vehicle Accident on Hwy 17 near the Georgetown County line. pic.twitter.com/M08RtZj1A4
— AMCFD-PIO (@AMCFD) July 2, 2017
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.