SCDOT: Debris that knocked out driver on Lowcountry highway was piece of broken pavement

SCDOT: Debris that knocked out driver on Lowcountry highway was piece of broken pavement
According to CCFR officials, an 18-year-old female driver was struck in the head by a piece of concrete that smashed through the vehicle’s window. (Source: Picture provided)

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - State transportation officials say debris that smashed through a car’s windshield and knocked out a driver on a Lowcountry highway was a piece of broken concrete pavement.

Highway Patrol says it’s believed that the debris was kicked up by another vehicle.

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said a crew was sent to the location of the incident to patch the area with asphalt where the pavement had been dislodged.

“SCDOT staff will continue to monitor the area until a permanent repair is made,” officials said in a statement.

According to state transportation officials, the location is within the area of a project that is coming up that includes concrete patching along I-95 in Colleton County which will be used to make permanent repairs.

Colleton County Fire and Rescue officials say after the driver was knocked unconscious her 15-year-old sister, who was also injured, grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to guide the vehicle to safety.

The car then drove off of the left shoulder narrowly missing a creek, back to the road and then back into the median where it struck several trees.

A passenger in the back seat received minor injuries.

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