CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says two people died in a crash Thursday afternoon that closed a portion of Highway 61 for approximately five-and-a-half hours.
Deputies responded at approximately 3:28 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash in the 4100 block of Ashley River Road near Magnolia Plantation, Charleston County Sheriff’s Capt. Roger Antonio said.
Investigators say a Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed southbound crossed the center line and struck a northbound Chevrolet nearly head-on, Antonio said.
The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene. A dog in the Chevrolet also died in the collision, he said.
There were no other passengers in the vehicles.
The highway reopened at approximately 9 p.m.
A tweet from the St. Andrews Firefighters Association Local 3697 states there were multiple entrapments and vehicles on fire.
Multiple units, along with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston County EMS and the Charleston County Rescue Squad are responding.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the identity of the victims.