Worker badly injured in early morning crash on Highway 17

Police work the scene of an accident on U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant Monday morning.

MOUNT PLEASANT — A man was taken into custody on a drunk-driving charge this morning after his vehicle struck and critically injured a construction worker on U.S. Highway southbound near Park West, police said.

The collision occurred about 3:24 a.m. in area George Browder Boulevard. A vehicle driven by Daniel D. Hamrick entered a construction zone where workers were paving and struck one of the workers, Capt. Stan Gragg said. The impact forced the worker into the asphalt spreading machinery, he said.

Hamrick was arrested at the scene and is being charged with felony driving under the influence, Gragg said. The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was transported to Medical University Hospital with life-threatening injuries, he said.

The collision snarled traffic along the heavily traveled route as workers cleared the roadway and investigators probed the crash. A silver Jeep with a dented front fender was placed onto a flatbed truck and hauled from the scene. The Jeep is thought to belong to the suspect.

The Mount Pleasant police accident reconstruction team responded and is investigating the collision.

Check back with postandcourier.com for more information on the collision as it becomes available.