Wreck cleared, all lanes back open at Hwy 170, Hwy 21 in Beaufor - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Wreck cleared, all lanes back open at Hwy 170, Hwy 21 in Beaufort

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Crash on Broad River Blvd. (Source: Burton Fire District) Crash on Broad River Blvd. (Source: Burton Fire District)

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and Burton Fire District crews responded to the scene of a bad wreck at Hwy 170 and Hwy 21 in Beaufort Tuesday morning.

It happened around 8 a.m. Crews arrived to find a two-vehicle collision had occurred between a pickup truck and a minivan with both vehicles sustaining heavy damages. Officials say the female driver of the minivan was critically injured and trapped inside the vehicle. Two children were also in the minivan and were immediately transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not seriously injured or transported. 

Due to the amount of damage to the minivan, the Burton Fire District says it took their firefighters over 40 minutes to free her from the wreckage.

The wreck closed all westbound lanes of Hwy 170, as well as all northbound and southbound lanes of Hwy 21. The lanes were shut down for nearly two hours before the wreckage was cleared and traffic got back to normal. 

The Robert Smalls Parkway (Hwy 170) and Parris Island Gateway (Hwy 21) is in the city of Beaufort but protected by the Burton Fire District through an emergency services contract between the city and the fire district.  

The Burton Fire District also responded to a two-vehicle wreck on Broad River Boulevard near Riley Road a little before the crash at Hwy 170 and Hwy 21. This one occurred around 7:30 a.m. Officials say two people were transported to the hospital from this crash with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

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