Government Vehicle Crashes into the Marsh near Parris Island

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Marine Corps recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, finish the last stretch of a nine-mile hike Aug. 30, 2017, at Parris Island, S.C. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Jacob)
Marine Corps recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, finish the last stretch of a nine-mile hike Aug. 30, 2017, at Parris Island, S.C. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Jacob)

Military police are investigating an accident after a government vehicle crashed into a marsh near the gates to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on Thursday afternoon.

The single-vehicle accident happened about 1:30 p.m. on Gen. E.A. Pollock Memorial Causeway leading to Parris Island's main gate, a Depot spokesman said in an email. The vehicle was a 12-foot stakebed truck described as a "non-tactical government vehicle," the public affairs office said.

There were two people inside; neither was hurt. The crash is under investigation.

The vehicle had been removed from the water as of about 3:30 p.m.

One of the palmetto trees growing along the causeway had been uprooted and appeared to have been cracked off with only a few feet of the trunk remaining. A sideview mirror and other vehicle debris was visible in the grass, and tracks led through the pluff mud into the water along the roadway.

No other information about the accident was immediately available from the Marine Corps on Thursday afternoon.

Port Royal Police Department received a call about a car in the marsh, and an officer responded to help direct traffic, a police spokesman said. He referred further questions to Parris Island. 

This article is written by Stephen Fastenau from The Island Packet Online and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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