Columbia road reopened hours after multiple-vehicle wreck sends many to hospital

Multiple people have been hospitalized with injuries after a wreck Monday afternoon left a Columbia road blocked in both directions.

Columbia police report report three vehicles — two 18 wheelers and a bus — were involved in a collision on McCords Ferry Road before 5 p.m. One of the tractor trailers was a logging truck.

The road was closed in both directions overnight, and did not reopen until after 4 a.m., when police tweeted “McCords Ferry road is now clear.”

Columbia Fire Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol also responded to the wreck, which closed McCords Ferry to traffic between Screaming Eagle Road and Leesburg Road, the Columbia Police Department announced.

A truck hauling logs was one of two tractor trailers involved in a wreck with a passenger bus, Columbia police said. Columbia Police Department

The drivers of both trucks involved in the collision were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said on Twitter. Five passengers on the bus were also hospitalized, at least one of whom was in critical condition Monday night, police say.

Police said six of the seven people hurt in the crash did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but it was one of the passengers on the bus who was most seriously injured.

Investigators with the police department’s traffic safety unit and the Highway Patrol continue to investigate the cause of the collision.

As of Tuesday, no charges have been filed as officers continue to investigate, Lt. A. E. Rease said in an interview with The State.

In addition to the multiple injuries, the large vehicles were severely damaged, along with the stretch of road where debris was scattered, pictures showed.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

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