Traffic: Council member recovering after truck flips on bridge
By Jackie R. Broach
Georgetown County Council Member Bob Anderson was in a wreck that closed the Waccamaw River bridge for about two hours last week.
He was treated for blood loss, a head wound and a gash to his left forearm. He’ll get his stitches out Friday.
Anderson, 67, who lives in Heritage Plantation, was heading into Georgetown on a Wednesday morning when the engine in his 1994 Chevy S-10 pick-up stalled as he started up the incline.
“I was doing 60 miles an hour and I started up the ramp and it just died,” he said. There was no warning and with no service lane, “all I could do was attempt to coast to the top and coast down the other side to safety.”
But before he could even switch on his hazard lights, other vehicles had started passing into the other lane and a Suburban attempting to do the same struck his truck from the rear.
“I felt and heard the impact, but my next recollection was being upside down, hanging by my seat belt,” he said. “My first thought was to get the hell out of the truck, because it might catch on fire.”
The driver’s side door was jammed shut because the truck had slid on its side as it tried to jump the guard rail. Anderson crawled across the headliner and out the passenger side door.
The other driver ended up with “bumps and bruises,” Anderson said. No one was charged in the wreck.
“I’m just glad she and I both walked away from it,” he said. “I remember looking in the mirror and I knew she was going to hit.”
Anderson said his accident was “a one-in-a-million deal” and he doesn’t fault the lack of a service lane or the speed limit for what happened.
His wife, Karol, would like to see the speed limit on the bridge changed from 60 to 45, “but I wouldn’t go for that,” Bob said.