3 vehicle accident on Highway 278 leaves several injured

Scene of the 3-vehicle accident on Highway 278 [courtesy of Bluffton Police Department]

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) – A 3-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 278 and Buck Island Road in Bluffton, leaving several injured.

All eastbound lanes were shut down to traffic around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon.

“It is an inconvenience when a road like Highway 278 is closed for an extended amount of time, but it is necessary to ensure our investigators with CRU collect adequate evidence, and witness statements to determine a cause to the accident and have all the necessary information,” said Bluffton Police Chief Joe Manning.

According to the Bluffton Police Department, one vehicle was attempting to turn from Highway 278 to Buck Island Road, when that vehicle stalled in the intersection.

This caused one van and one SUV traveling westbound on Highway 278 to hit the stalled vehicle.

Officials surveying the accident [courtesy of Bluffton Police Department]
The driver of the vehicle turning onto Buck Island was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Officials say the driver of the van drove to the hospital to be treated.

The driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital by ambulance while the passenger was air-lifted for life-threatening injuries.

While the eastbound lanes were closed traffic was rerouted to Buckwalter Parkway and Bluffton Parkway causing congestion for several hours.

The eastbound lanes of Hwy 278 at Buck Island Road were reopened just after 5 p.m.

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) – A three vehicle traffic accident is causing delays on Highway 278 near Buck Island Road in Bluffton.

Bluffton Police Department personnel are investigating the accident that occurred just after 2:20 p.m. and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies are assisting with traffic control.

Eastbound lanes are closed in the area and traffic is being diverted from Buck Island Road to Simmonsville Road.

Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes.

News 3 will continue to bring you further updates.

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