UPDATE (1:41 A.M., 02/16/2020) – Dispatchers tell WJBF that both lanes of Woodlawn have been cleared of debris, the result of a high-speed collision between two vehicles travelling there late Saturday night.
After impact, a fire spread between the two vehicles, eventually engulfing both; video from the scene shows that both cars, especially the front compartments, were ravaged by flames before fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze.
At least one person was transported to the hospital. There is no report to the number of individuals hurt in the accident, nor the extent of those injuries.
Officials on scene did not indicate that those hurt in the crash suffered from life-threatening injuries.
The road, while rural, serves as a connector between West Martintown Road and South Carolina Highway 28.
Traffic along the road ground to a standstill as emergency crews and investigators worked the scene, while Merriwether Fire Department and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple units that spanned roughly a quarter-mile around a bend in Woodlawn Road.
One person was placed into custody on-site, but it is not yet clear whether their arrest was connected to the crash emergency crews were responding to.
Vehicles hoping to access S.C. HWY 28 South had to wait along the narrow, isolated road and were unable to be diverted as crews worked the scene.
Around midnight, wreckers weaved through the tangle of fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles clogging the thin roadway. After putting out the flames from the car fires, responding engines from Merriwether Fire Department had to back their way down the road for roughly a mile until reaching Sportsman’s Corner, where they were able to turn around.
More details to the cause of the crash and the number of people involved in the accident should be forthcoming, according to officials working the scene.
EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Both lanes of a connector road are closed in Edgefield County following a head on collision. Dispatch reports it happened around 11:15 p.m. on Woodlawn Road, near Sportsman’s Corner off West Martintown Road.
Dispatch calls described a head-on collision between two vehicles that erupted in fire. Merriwether Fire Department and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple units.
While dispatchers originally signaled for an extraction, first responders were able to get all parties out of the vehicles without use of mechanical emergency tools.
At least one person was taken to a nearby hospital, according to witnesses.
The crash is still being worked on by crews.
We have a crew on scene and we will keep you updated once we learn more.