Winter weather caused many traffic accidents, few deaths

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The rare snowfall that blanketed South Carolina this past weekend led to an increase in car crashes and other traffic incidents, state troopers said Wednesday.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to 2,346 automobile collisions across the state from 3:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 through noon Valentine's Day. That's nearly three times as many collisions as the previous weekend, when troopers only responded to 798 wrecks in South Carolina.

The Highway Patrol said they responded to 6,454 total incidents during the wintry weekend. The number of incidents includes collisions, as well as stalled motor vehicles, stranded motorists and traffic stops. Troopers responded to 4,333 total incidents the previous weekend, which shows the winter weather caused an incident increase of nearly 50 percent.

However, the wintry weekend was not a particularly deadly one. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says five people died on state highways from 6:00 p.m. Friday through midnight on Monday.

DPS said three people died on South Carolina highways the previous weekend.

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