WALTERBORO — Two teenagers were rushed to area hospitals Wednesday night after their go-cart struck a car in rural Colleton County.

A 16-year-old boy who had been driving the go-cart was flown to the Medical University Hospital with a head injury. A 17-year-old girl, a go-cart passenger, was taken to Colleton Medical Center with broken bones, said Barry McRoy, director of Colleton County Fire and Rescue.

The wreck occurred at 8:26 p.m. on U.S. Highway 21 near the Jonesville community.

Firefighter-paramedics found both teens lying in the roadway near the severely damaged go-cart.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the boy disregarded a stop sign at Centy Lane and hit the car, which was heading south on U.S. 21. The driver of the car swerved just before impact, preventing a more serious outcome, McRoy said.

Firefighter-paramedics splinted several broken limbs and treated other injuries.

Neither teenager was wearing a helmet, he said.

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