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Wilmington Island traffic being diverted due to fatal crash

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Police and rescue crews are at the scene of a fatal single-vehicle crash on Wilmington Island. 

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say traffic will be disrupted on Wilmington Island Road near the Wilmington Island Club for several hours following a fatal single-vehicle crash that occured around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Officials say a white Ford Crown Victoria was traveling just past the Wilmington Island Club when it ran off the road and hit some trees, ending up in the middle of the road. They say two people were in the car at the time. A female was pronounced dead at the scene and a male was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

SCMPD says that long delays can be expected throughout the morning as the crash is being investigated. They say Wilmington Island Road traffic is being diverted onto North Cromwell Road. Drivers are advised to seek other routes.

The crash could also cause some traffic problems for the first day of school for Chatham County. May Howard Elementary is just up the street from where the road is blocked, and if the road doesn't reopen soon it will have an impact on school traffic and could also impact buses going to other schools in the area.

Savannah-Chatham Metro spokesman Julian Miller gave a statement about the crash and its impact on morning traffic.

"We were called to a one-vehicle accident about 3:30 this morning and found a victim with fatal injuries and a second person was transported, I don't know the extent of that person's injuries. In the meantime, an investigation is underway to determine what happened and why, and it's going to take us a little bit of time. We had to close Wilmington Island Road from Cromwell to Winchester, which is complicated by the fact that it's the first day of school. We'll have a lot of school traffic, as a bus just came through, and they've had to redirect some of the school buses because of this. We're asking parents or anyone traveling to give yourself a little bit more time, there's probably going to be some delays through here and we're going to try to get this thing cleaned up as quickly as we can, but it's looking like it will be closer to 7 a.m. before we can get this re-opened." 

Police have alerted First Student in case they need to re-route some of the buses Thursday morning.

WTOC has a news crew at the scene gathering more information and we will update you as soon as more details are known. Check WTOC.com and WTOC on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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