Troopers: Faulty brakes a factor in Ravenel Bridge wreck; trucker cited

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Highway Patrol has cited the semi driver involved in Monday's wreck on the Ravenel Bridge on-ramp from I-26 with having faulty brakes.

Leslie O'Quinn, of Ridgeville, was heading towards Mt. Pleasant around 9:30 a.m. Monday when he came upon a State Highway Emergency Program truck and a Charleston Police Department cruiser assisting a motorist.

Troopers say O'Quinn came onto the ramp, sideswiped a Volkswagen that was behind the police car, went to the right and struck the SHEP truck and then went back to the left and struck the police car.

SCHP officials have since ruled that faulty brakes were responsible for O'Quinn's inability to reduce his speed, resulting in the accident.

O'Quinn was cited for multiple equipment violations, including brake violations and failure to secure vehicle equipment.

Originally, the SC Department of Public Safety issued a citation for no federal annual inspection, but officials say this was incorrect since the truck had been inspected in November of 2010.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries in the incident, but were released from MUSC on Monday.

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