COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Severe weather in Colleton County downed several trees on I-95 crushing one car, damaging other vehicles and stopping traffic in both directions Sunday afternoon.
Colleton County Fire and Rescue officials reported that there were debris and several trees down in the area.
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"The event knocked down several trees from the 46 to the 44 mile markers on both the north and southbound sides of the highway," CCFR officials said."Debris was in the roadway from the 44 mile marker as far north as the 49 mile marker."
At one point, both north and southbound lanes were blocked; CCFR officials estimate traffic was backed up for eight miles in both directions.
CCFR officials said a group of trees near the 45 mile marker fell on one car, crushing the vehicle and sending one adult male to the hospital.
According to authorities, firefighters used chainsaws to clear one lane to get northbound traffic moving.
"A second tree was removed at the 46 mile marker northbound," officials said.
Crews moved tree limbs out of the road on both sides of the highway.
"SC DOT crews responded with heavy equipment and cleared the remaining debris and trees from the highway," CCFR officials said.
A report stated two other vehicles received damage from the falling trees, but no one else was injured.
Sheriff's deputies conducted traffic control as crews cleared the scene.
"Coastal Electric was dealing with power outages in the area with multiple downed power lines and downed trees in the Hendersonville Community," officials said.
Witnesses reported that a tornado crossed the interstate causing the trees to fall at 4:42 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported strong winds of up to 70 mph were reported in the area as storms approached I-95.
According to NWS officials, there were no signs of a tornado, and suspect "very high straight line winds."
Emergency officials had advised motorists to seek an alternate route as crews cleared the scene.