South Carolina bridge reopens after netting falls on cars

photo from N. Charleston Police Twitter

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A group of motorists were trapped after protective netting meant to catch construction debris fell onto the roadway on a South Carolina bridge.

Authorities say the netting on the Don N. Holt Bridge on Interstate 526 fell during a storm during Wednesday evening’s commute.

North Charleston police say about a dozen drivers were rescued from their vehicles. No injuries have been reported. One person was taken to the hospital for what appeared to be a panic attack

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says the bridge was reopened Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after it was closed, snarling traffic.

The bridge is one of only two over the Cooper River connecting Charleston and North Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The closing caused gridlock on the Ravenel Bridge near downtown Charleston.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Protective netting meant to catch debris from construction work on a South Carolina bridge fell onto the roadway, snarling the evening commute.

Local media outlets report the North Charleston Police Department said traffic in both directions on the Don N. Holt Bridge came to a halt after the netting fell during a storm on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said the netting fell on cars. There was no immediate word of any injuries.

Strong thunderstorms rumbling through the area prompted the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning which was set to expire at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A flood advisory was in effect until 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the N. Charleston Police:

*Approximately 10-12 vehicles were trapped under the fallen tarp;
*All occupants of vehicles were reached and rescued;
*No injuries reported as a result of the fallen tarp. One person was transported after being rescued for what appeared to be panic attack;
*The majority of those trapped were able to make contact with family members and are/were picked up;
*The Don Holt is expected to be shut down in both directions indefinitely. (SCDOT hopes to have it operational by 5 a.m.)

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