Vehicle Plunges into Marsh in Veteran's Parkway Accident - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/14/04

Vehicle Plunges into Marsh in Veteran's Parkway Accident

 

Police say excessive speed is one of the factors leading to a late-night accident that sent three young Savannah men to the hospital. Police, EMS crews and firefighters teamed up to pull off what investigators are calling an amazing rescue after the driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle on the flyover of the Veteran's Parkway heading toward Southside Savannah just before 10:30pm last night.

The vehicle hit the center wall and it went over the northbound lanes, crashing into the marsh about 30 feet below. Southside firefighters set up a lift using one of their trucks and ropes to pull up the occupants of the vehicle from the marsh below to waiting ambulances on the ramp above.

The men were taken to Memorial Health for treatment.

Savannah-Chatham police accident investigators tell us the men only received minor injuries. The driver is identified as 20-year-old Johnny Lee Brown. Passenger Kenneth Byrd, age 14 was kept overnight for observation, while passenger Robert Polite, age 15 and the driver were treated and released.

Police say all three were wearing their seatbelts. Charges are pending in the accident.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com

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