Four Dead in Tragic Crash on McTeer Bridge in Port Royal, South Carolina (SC)
BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC- Wsav.com writes that four people died in a horrible crash in Beaufort County, South Carolina, this week. The wreck took place when the car in which the victims were driving left the roadway and ended up in the water. The McTeer Bridge remained completely closed off following the incident.*
The victim, all of whom were from Burton, included a 36-year-old woman, a sixteen-year-old, a six-year-old, and a three-year-old. The Port Royal Police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are both involved in the collision.
Car crashes into the water can be terrifying. It is important to understand that there are steps that you can take to avoid the worst consequences of such collisions. While it may seem like hitting the water would be a less serious impact than would be striking a solid surface, experts say that the impact itself is not much different than it would be to strike a rock. For this reason, seatbelts are crucial to protect occupants from suffering severe or deadly injuries upon impact. After all, being in a sinking car is a situation that requires fast-acting and fast thinking. Having a concussion or broken bones will only make matters worse.
Next, stay calm, because panicking can lead to dangerous decisions. The amount of time before the car sinks is only a matter of a few short minutes. Remove seat belts, and get the window down in order to exit. If the windows do not work, break on using a metal object. Aim for the low down on a side window as this is the best place to actually cause a break. The windshield is not a good place to try to get out as the glass is designed to be difficult to break.
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