WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Five people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Savannah Highway in West Ashley Friday evening.
According to the Charleston Police Department, the four-vehicle collision was reported at the intersection of Savannah Highway and Carolina Bay Drive where police were called out at 6:50 p.m.
CPD officials say the incident began when a 2011 GMC Acadia was traveling northbound on US-17 from Main Road.
Two witnesses reported that the GMC was driving erratically when the collision took place.
According to investigators, when the GMC approached the intersection of US-17 and Carolina Bay Drive, the traffic signal for northbound traffic was red.
"Two vehicles were stopped in lane #2 and one vehicle was stopped in lane #3," CPD officials said." The GMC struck the rear of the second vehicle stopped in lane #2 causing that vehicle to strike the rear of the first vehicle stopped in lane #2. The vehicle in lane #3 was struck most likely by the first vehicle struck in lane #2. In other words, the GMC first struck a 1998 Chevy Malibu which struck a 2014 Toyota which were both stopped in lane #2. During the collision sequence, a 2015 Kia which was stopped in lane #3 was also struck most likely by the Chevy Malibu after it was struck by the GMC. There were a total of three people in the Malibu."
The driver of the Kia was uninjured and was interviewed at the scene, police say.
The driver of the Toyota was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released.
The driver of the Malibu was admitted at MUSC for non-life threatening injuries. The front seat passenger was admitted at MUSC for non-life threatening injuries. The rear seat passenger is currently undergoing surgery and has severe trauma and his injuries are considered life threatening.
The driver of the GMC was admitted at MUSC with non-life threatening injuries.
"At this point, the cause of the accident is still on-going," CPD officials said.
Witnesses reported that CCSO deputies were redirecting motorists along the southbound lanes as crews cleared the scene.
Nearby residents said crews cleared the scene around 10 p.m.