Bus driver, passengers injured in I-95 accident

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A driver and 22 passengers were taken to area hospitals after a Greyhound bus and log truck collided on Interstate 95 North near mile marker 83.

A Greyhound bus traveling from Orlando, Fla., to New York struck the back of an 18-wheeler carrying logs at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday near St. George. Officials say one of the logs came loose and went through the windshield of the bus.

The driver of the bus, 60-year-old Michael Harwelik of Jacksonville, Fla., sustained serious injuries and is being taken to MUSC, said Cpl. Paul Brouthers with the SC Highway Patrol.

Greyhound officials said Harwelik has been a driver for the bus company for 30 years.

Eighteen passengers were taken to Colleton Medical Center. Half of the passengers were injured and the other nine were being checked for possible injuries.

The last four passengers were taken to Trident Medical Center. All of the passenger are in reportedly good condition.

The driver of the log truck was not injured, according to Brouthers.

The Northbound lanes of 95 were shut down for several hours Tuesday night. The interstate has since been reopened to traffic.

The accident is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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