A 40-year-old Beaufort woman died in a two-vehicle Sea Island Parkway collision on Wednesday afternoon, according to Lady’s Island-St. Helena Island Fire District spokesman Scott Harris.
The victim was identified as Susan Shaffer by Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.
An empty, enclosed, metal-framed trailer came loose from a FEMA truck heading toward St. Helena Island around 4 p.m., Harris said. The approximately 15-foot by 10-foot trailer rolled into oncoming traffic and struck a small white Honda sedan head-on, killing the driver. No other vehicles were involved, and no other injuries were reported, he said.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.
The wreck occurred at the intersection with Cougar Drive near Sams Point Road, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Several lanes of traffic were blocked from 4 to 7 p.m.
South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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