The moments following the crash are often a blur when you're involved in a car accident. However, per South Carolina law, those on the scene must adhere to legal responsibilities and obligations.
First, try to stop your car and ensure it is positioned safely near the scene of the crash. Then, call 911 to report the accident. While most folks go into full-blown panic mode, you need to stay calm so you can process the situation. If you notice that there are injured people, give them "reasonable assistance." Per South Carolina Code of Laws, that could include transporting hurt people to a hospital or calling an ambulance for them.
If you're in a car crash, you need to be prepared to exchange contact information with other drivers at the accident scene. If the person who caused the collision is present, make sure to get their name, phone number, address, and insurance info. If witnesses are present, get their contact info, too, in case our team needs to obtain their account later.
Next, try to piece together how the car crash happened. This is an appropriate time to take photos of the cars, wreckage, and debris. Ask yourself if you think a vehicle failed to follow the rules of the road, like speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
Regardless of how minor your injuries may appear and who may be to blame for the accident, get legal advice from Theos Law Firm first before giving any recorded statements or refusing medical care.
Time and again, auto accident victims agree to early settlements provided by insurance companies because the offer seems like a lot. But what if you return to work after recovering from an accident, only for your pain to return?
With adjusters, lawyers, and investigators at their disposal, insurance agencies will do everything in their power to minimize the compensation you deserve. Don't let them pick on you or silence your voice. If you or a loved are victims of a negligent car or truck accident in South Carolina, contact Theos Law Firm today. We have the team, tools, and experience to fight back on your behalf, no matter how complicated your case may seem.
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MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A bridge in McClellanville washed out amid Sunday’s heavy rains leaving around 100 people isolated, officials said.The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said they were assisting the state’s department of transportation in the Silver Hill community after a bridge on Old Cemetery Road washed out.Rain totals in McClellanville topped 16 inches during Sunday’s storm.Chief Shaun Gadsden with the Charleston County Department of Public Safety says crews responded to the coll...
MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A bridge in McClellanville washed out amid Sunday’s heavy rains leaving around 100 people isolated, officials said.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said they were assisting the state’s department of transportation in the Silver Hill community after a bridge on Old Cemetery Road washed out.
Rain totals in McClellanville topped 16 inches during Sunday’s storm.
Chief Shaun Gadsden with the Charleston County Department of Public Safety says crews responded to the collapse around 9:30 Sunday night. He says they contacted the county’s emergency management division and the State Department of Transportation, who showed up immediately, so they could identify the problem.
Gadsden adds that at least 500 cars pass by Old Cemetery Road per day, which is causing many neighbors in the area to completely re-evaluate.
One of these neighbors is Bobby Wilson, who says he and his wife were supposed to leave for a two-and-a-half-week vacation Monday morning. Now, he says they’re mainly worried about getting their mail, trying to get to work and especially what would happen if one of them were to need medical assistance.
However, they are trying to keep positive.
“Hey, look on the bright side of things,” Wilson said. “It’s Christmas and nobody’s been hurt. So, it’s all good. I hope DOT comes to our rescue sooner than later so we can get out of here.”
Other residents say they had to call off work, couldn’t go to school or had to cancel doctor’s appointments because the only way they can leave is by foot. There is a pedestrian bridge right behind this road that folks say is the only thing keeping them from becoming an island.
“McClellanville is very resilient,” neighbor Bryan Jones said. “We’re a very strong community. There’s always people on the other side of the bridge who are more than willing to help us out... If we had an emergency, they would be more than willing to give us a car or lend us a ride to town. You know, we feel confident and comfortable in that. We’re happy and thankful that we still have water and power and internet.”
Silver Hill residents are not the only ones shocked from the storm. The Town of McClellanville’s mayor, Rutledge Leland, says this storm was hopefully something they will never experience again.
Leland says he thought it was going to be 3 to 4 inches of rain and maybe 40 miles an hour winds, and this just was completely unexpected. He says the town will be providing the funds to create an alternate route and although he did not have a price estimate, he doesn’t think it will be too bad.
“It shouldn’t be a major expense,” Leland said. “Basically, it will amount to putting in some gravel and clearing a little bit of ground up. Making it to be where it is safe to be able to drive. It won’t be a great road, but it will be an access.”
Leland says SCDOT told him it could be about two weeks for the road to be fully repaired.
“That’s the minimum,” Leland said. “They have to wait two weeks before they can start considering to reopen. That’s kind of an old regulation. I’m not sure what it’s based on. We know we’re out for two weeks.”
The South Carolina Department of Transportation sent this statement around 3:45 p.m. on Monday:
SCDOT is working closely with Charleston County and the Town of McClellanville to create temporary access to the Silver Hill neighborhood following a washout at the bridge on Old Cemetery Road in McClellanville. The bridge and approaches are currently being inspected and SCDOT is developing an expedited repair plan to restore the roadway and bridge. Temporary access is expected to be completed and available later today.
Details on the repair timeline will be provided as they become available and we encourage community members to stay tuned to their local broadcasts and the SCDOT website for updates.
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Last fall, we urged Charleston County zoning officials not to allow a new sand mine operation on 20 acres next door to the St. James Santee Elementary-Middle School, and our call — along with the voices of several school officials and neighbors — was heard when the county deferred the request. Now that the proposal has returned in a slightly improved but still potentially harmful form, we repeat our request to reject the mining operation and urge others to do the same.We also repeat our call to state regulators to step up ...
Last fall, we urged Charleston County zoning officials not to allow a new sand mine operation on 20 acres next door to the St. James Santee Elementary-Middle School, and our call — along with the voices of several school officials and neighbors — was heard when the county deferred the request. Now that the proposal has returned in a slightly improved but still potentially harmful form, we repeat our request to reject the mining operation and urge others to do the same.
We also repeat our call to state regulators to step up efforts to bring South Carolina’s outdated mining laws up to date. This proposed sand mine is but one of many such operations that have triggered serious concerns about their impact on neighbors’ health and quality of life.
Charleston County’s Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday to consider a special exception for the sand mine off U.S. Highway 17 on a wooded tract just across Lofton Road from the St. James Santee school. While the request has been changed so that sand-laden dump trucks no longer would access U.S. 17 via Lofton, the operation still would create noise, vibration, dust and other problems for the school, which sits less than 1,000 feet away.
About 20 trucks are expected to come and go daily from the mining site, which is also about a half mile from the Francis Marion National Forest.
The county’s own analysis has suggested the mining site could mar land with soil types that the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers the best for agricultural production. The county’s comprehensive plan notes that “Designation of farmland preservation areas recognizes the importance of preserving Charleston County’s farming resources, including individual farms and areas of productive soils, as well as a way of life valued by the community,” and county staff says this mining use may not be consistent with the plan. The staff also notes its proximity to the school may make the mine harmful to the welfare and character of the immediate community.
The Coastal Conservation League’s Riley Egger tells us that while the new access road is a positive concession, “it does not alleviate our concern about the appropriateness of the mine site.” We urge others with similar concerns to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday.
The looming controversy over a sand mine on Lofton Road points to a greater challenge that South Carolina must still grapple with: updating its mining law and regulations to make them appropriate for the 21st century, particularly as once-rural parts of our state are developing or being valued as conserved parks and lands. There are places where new mines are appropriate, but there are also places — such as neighborhoods, schools and public lands — that need to be protected from these new light industrial operations opening up next door. Our state isn’t the same largely rural place it was in the 1970s, when the current regulatory playing field for mining operations was designed.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control has recently worked with a newly formed Mining Task Force, which includes mining companies and conservationists. We urge all involved to get back to the table and produce recommendations that lawmakers can consider next year. Our coastal communities are seeing how a growing demand for sand and fill leads to dusty highways, unwelcome discharges, blight and a scarred landscape with ponds of limited use. Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties alone have had about 100 active sand mining operations in recent years.
Rejecting the Lofton Road sand mining proposal would be an important step to protect the St. James Santee Elementary and Middle School, but until the state updates its outdated mining law, such zoning controversies will continue to take up more of our time that could better be spent somewhere else.
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MCCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCIV) — UPDATE (12/19/23) - The SCDOT confirmed the bridge has been repaired.One resident sent photos of SCDOT crews working on the road Monday night.Nearly 100 people were trapped Monday after the bridge on the only road into a McClellanville neighborhood collapsed during Sunday's Nor'easter storm.The pedestrian bridge on Old Cemetery Road is currently the only way in and out of the Silver Hill neighborhood after its one road in and out collapsed Sunday due to the historic high tide and heavy r...
MCCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCIV) — UPDATE (12/19/23) - The SCDOT confirmed the bridge has been repaired.
One resident sent photos of SCDOT crews working on the road Monday night.
Nearly 100 people were trapped Monday after the bridge on the only road into a McClellanville neighborhood collapsed during Sunday's Nor'easter storm.
The pedestrian bridge on Old Cemetery Road is currently the only way in and out of the Silver Hill neighborhood after its one road in and out collapsed Sunday due to the historic high tide and heavy rain the storm brought.
Nearly 100 people were trapped Monday after the bridge on the only road into a McClellanville neighborhood collapsed during Sunday's Nor'easter storm. (WCIV)
To keep the holiday season afloat, one local church is stepping in to help.
People are typically swamped preparing for the holiday season, but this year, some neighbors in McClellanville are seeing an overflow of water instead of packages.
"I've never seen rain like that before," Seacoast Church member Joanna McClellan said.
Seacoast Church in McClellanville has become a hub for deliveries since the usual front door drop off is no longer available due to the road collapsing.
"A few of the town members have set up UPS to come here and deliver the packages this morning. We just want to be here for the town and the community. Bottom line," McClellan said.
But the trip to seacoast isn't easy for some.
"The bridge we usually drive over is a normal, small, two-lane bridge that we rely on everyday, and we don't think about it too much," Bryan Jones, who lives in the neighborhood, said.
"I've never seen so much water, but I had no idea it would be bad enough to take the whole road out," Bobby Wilson, another resident, said.
People who live in the community say they are thankful, as this bridge was also underwater during the storm.
"Living on the water is great but it has its perils. Here we are kind of living on an island," Wilson said.
"The tide was going out, but there was so much rain the water was still rising," Patrick Klim said while kayaking.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is assessing the damage, and as of Monday evening, there is no timeline for when the road will be fully restored.
In the meantime, residents have found new ways to get around.
"I've got some friends in here who are trapped but a couple of them have four wheel drive and have been able to sneak out different ways," Klim said.
Silver Hill residents say they are just happy everyone is safe, and thankful that Santa uses a sleigh to get around instead of a car.
"Merry Christmas everyone," Wilson said.
Known as the “Palmetto State”, South Carolina is indeed a most beautiful place of natural wonder, fascinating history, and delightful warm weather. Renowned for its hospitality and famed Southern charm, South Carolina offers everything from stunning coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean to tremendous vistas of the ...
Known as the “Palmetto State”, South Carolina is indeed a most beautiful place of natural wonder, fascinating history, and delightful warm weather. Renowned for its hospitality and famed Southern charm, South Carolina offers everything from stunning coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean to tremendous vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These natural attractions are only rivalled by the splendid culture and history that are on full display in many of the State’s great small towns. Here some of the very best of South Carolina’s beauty can be found, where visits of discovery are ideal for families and solo travellers alike.
Home to a population of just 605 residents (according to 2020 census figures), the small town of McClellanville is indeed a most quaint and charming locale. Framed by the Francis Marion National Forest and right on the coast with the Atlantic Ocean, this town is full of tranquility and loads of natural beauty. Just an hour’s drive from the city of Charleston, McClellanville is a popular fishing destination that traces its history back to the 1860s.
Visitors can learn all about the town and region’s history by spending time at the local Historic District or by exploring the Village Museum. And of course with its vicinity to the ocean, a variety of great and tasty seafood restaurants can be found where specialties like oysters and shrimp can all be savoured. Meanwhile at the aforementioned Francis Marion National Forest, many alluring hiking and biking trails are on hand, creating a most beautiful and intimate encounter with the outdoors.
Founded in 1711, the town of Beaufort is the second oldest colonial settlement in South Carolina. Situated on the Atlantic Coast’s Port Royal Island, Beaufort is full of splendid Southern charm, scenic views, and fascinating 18th century history. Indeed history lovers will enjoy any time spent in Beaufort and its Historic District, where several pre Civil War buildings continue to engage visitors. Meanwhile for the nature lover, enjoying water activities like sailing and swimming is always an attractive and beautiful experience. And without a doubt even just a wonderful stroll at the charming boardwalk at the Sands in Port Royal will surely make any visitor totally embrace Beaufort.
Best Places to Live in the CarolinaIf you're looking for a small town to call home in the Carolinas, you can't go wrong with any of these nine charming communities.
With a modern day population of 7,446 inhabitants the historic town of Hartsville traces its history back to the 1760s, while Native American peoples had long lived in the area. Indeed with its mix of indigenous and colonial history, Hartsville is home to plethora of important historic sites. Including the Jacob Kelly Mansion and the Hartsville Depot Train Station, an up close encounter with centuries of history can be experienced here. Meanwhile for the nature lover, a stop at the Kalmia Gardens cannot be missed. Here some 30 acres of local plants and trails amaze all who visit in a most serene and stunning ambience.
And in the heart of the town’s downtown numerous tasty restaurants, charming boutique stores, galleries, museums and more can all be discovered. For anyone looking for a genuine sampling of Southern charm while in South Carolina, then a visit to Hartsville is a sure fire way to find it abundantly.
Despite its relatively large population of 90,000 inhabitants, Mount Pleasant still maintains a most unique and beautiful small town charm, full of Southern history and beauty. Indeed any visitor can experience first hand several centuries worth of historic sites, buildings and park from the 1700s to the mid 20th century.
Stop by the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and see the amazing aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown, or spend time at the Mount Pleasant Historic District. Here architectural styles like Victorian, Georgian and Greek Revival can all be seen in a most serene and charming ambience. Meanwhile, being a coastal town means residents and tourists alike will always have easy access to the Atlantic where sailing and swimming are very popular throughout the year. Indeed for great fun in the sun and a fascinating dose of history, a stop in Mount Pleasant will certainly a most pleasurable one.
Established in the 1750s, York was an important battle site during the War of Independence, and two major campaigns were fought there. Known as the “White Rose City”, today a population of just over 8,000 call York home, and it remains a place of fascinating living history. Indeed in the York Historic District nearly every building has been included on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the Allison Plantation, the York County Courthouse, and the Hart House among others. And a special picture with the Old Town Clock should certainly not be missed. Meanwhile an assortment of tasty local restaurants, charming boutique shops, galleries, and other businesses round out this most beautiful town, where residents are always ready to show off their best hospitality.
Known as the “City of Trees”, and near the border with the State of Georgia, the town of Aiken is a splendid place where natural beauty and Southern charm come together. Take a stroll through the beautiful Hopeland Gardens, where an abundance of local flowers and hot sun make it an enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. Meanwhile at the Boyd Pond Park, stunning hiking and biking trails bring visitors up close with raw nature and local wildlife. And for the history lover visiting the Aiken Train Museum cannot be missed. Learn about the Eastern Railroad’s expansion and the rail industry in a most fun and interactive place.
13 Most Charming Small Towns In The American SouthThe southern US encompasses the loveliest natural sights, where rivers meet the ocean with beaches and lighthouses, while mountains exude a special vibe under persistent sunshine.
South Carolina’s third oldest town, Georgetown was formally established by Spanish colonists in 1526 before becoming a prominent English colony. The State’s second largest seaport, this town of just over 8,000 residents is full of old world charm and offers visitors a most unique glimpse into the America of the 18th and 19th centuries. Once an indigo and rice production centre, cobblestone streets, historic buildings and homes, and other landmarks make up the Historic District for a most fascinating excursion. And of course as a seafront settlement, Georgetown offers great boat tours where delightful scenic views of the coastline will surely make for some of the best vacation memories.
Home to a population of nearly 3,500 residents, history lovers will adore the town of Pendleton. Well known for its historic district, visitors will be immersed into a veritable slice of 18th century America. View such landmarks like the Woodburn and Bonne-Douthit Plantations and discover how Pendleton transformed from a farming town to an industrial centre leading to the Civil War.
But beyond its historical allure, the town is also full of great Southern charm where warm hospitality and an assortment of services make any day memorable. Browse through several local shops and boutique stores, tasty restaurants, and an ever important atmosphere of genuine Americana.
The resort town of Hilton Head Island is situated only 20 miles from the border with the State of Georgia, offering visitors and residents alike a most stunning and beautiful Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Featuring nearly 12 miles of coastline there is certainly never a shortage of exquisite panoramas and warm sun. Here opportunities for sailing, swimming, and sunbathing can all be enjoyed while a relaxing game of tennis or golf is always a delight for sports enthusiasts.
Stop by the Coligny Beach Park where great boardwalk vistas, fine dining options and an eclectic range of shopping outlets all round out the landscape. And with loads of live music and artists selling their craft, Hilton Head Island is without a doubt one of South Carolina’s most picturesque and charming locales.
South Carolina is indeed a most extraordinary place where history and nature are always hand in hand. From beautiful mountains, to delightful coastal ocean views, and loads of fascinating American history, the towns of the “Palmetto State” delight the senses. With their rustic beauty, unique histories, and healthy dose of always sought after Southern charm, these South Carolina towns are perfect destinations to discover America and its hidden gems.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Plans are finally in motion to replace the old Lincoln High School with a brand new school in McClellanville.It's been nearly a decade since Lincoln High closed. At a board meeting Wednesday night, there was finally talk of what a new school would bring the community.Charleston County School District leaders presented a slideshow detailing the future of the new high school and middle school in northern Charleston County.Since the closure of Lincoln High School, kids are waking up earlier t...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Plans are finally in motion to replace the old Lincoln High School with a brand new school in McClellanville.
It's been nearly a decade since Lincoln High closed. At a board meeting Wednesday night, there was finally talk of what a new school would bring the community.
Charleston County School District leaders presented a slideshow detailing the future of the new high school and middle school in northern Charleston County.
Since the closure of Lincoln High School, kids are waking up earlier to make the bell at Wando High and returning home late because of the long drive.
The constituent school board said a new school will bring relief to the people living in Awendaw and it will provide help to the schools already reaching capacity.
The district is looking at attendance lines within the area while looking at creating a magnet program.
"I do believe a partial magnet or magnet program of some kind might be within the programming options and given that it's going to have a size of 1,000 students it will probably need to pull in some areas other than just the McClellanville and Awendaw area," said Pamela Jouan-Goldman, Chair of the District 2 Constituent School Board.
Scenarios of possible zoning were shown during the meeting.
The methodology was based off the fiscal year 2022 data.
Parents voiced their concerns of drawing the line further down into Mount Pleasant.
"You do not want to force a family who is living right next door to a school go up the road to another school if at all possible so that's why were looking at the magnet as an opportunity to attract families that want to go there despite any increase in distance then they would have," Chief Operating Officer of CCSD Jeff Borowy said.
The district's goal is to get 500 students in both the middle and high school.
Thomas Colleton, Chair of the District 1 Constituent Board, said the school will need to offer something enticing.
“It is important to this build the school but at the same time let's figure out what were going to be doing inside. The curriculum means a lot," Colleton said.
“I don't know how much it would make sense to drive by Wando High School to get on (Highway) 17 to go up to Awendaw, but it does sound like they are going to have different specific programs at their school. So for example if they have got a great art program and my daughter is really into art, that sounds like a nice option to have," said Jonathan Mars, a parent of students at Carolina Park.
Colleton said it's crucial everyone is transparent throughout this process.
Their next steps will be to develop a blue-ribbon committee to review these options and create a draft to be presented to the constituent boards in October.
"I'm hopeful this blue ribbon commission will ease some of this tension, and let people know going to another school, which would be a state of the art school, why wouldn't you want your child to go there," Colleton said.
The Kaiser Farm Tract property was leased in December of 2021 to the former owner to be used as a hay farm.
The three-year lease agreement is able to be terminated at any time with a 90-day notice.
It's also possible a park and library could be built on the property in the future.