Folly Rd. reopens after wreck near James Island Connector involving police cruiser

A wreck involving a Charleston County Sheriff's deputy cruiser has shut down Folly Rd. near the James Island Connector.

Folly Road was reopened before noon after an early-morning wreck near the James Island Connector involving an SUV and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office cruiser.

The wreck happened around 7 a.m. near Oak Point Road, and troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol were on scene all morning.

The road had been shut down entirely, with southbound traffic diverted onto the connector and northbound traffic at a standstill. About 8:30 a.m., deputies reopened one northbound lane to allow cars to travel toward downtown.

Capt. Eric Watson, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the deputy was responding to a call when the wreck occurred, though it’s not known what the call was about or who was at fault in the wreck.

The cruiser sustained front and rear damage. It appeared to have skidded sideways, crossed a concrete median and hit a guardrail on the other side of the road at Ellis Creek, then caught fire.

The collision appeared to be violent enough to rupture the cruiser’s gas tank.

Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins of the highway patrol said the deputy lost control and crashed into an SUV traveling in the opposite direction.

The deputy and the driver of the SUV were taken to Medical University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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