Bridge reopened following deadly early morning crash - - Columbia, South Carolina

Bridge reopened following deadly early morning crash

(Source: Mary King) (Source: Mary King)

The South Carolina Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation of a fatal crash that shut down the Broad River Road Bridge on Friday morning.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says three cars were involved in the crash and one person was killed as a result.

According to the Richland County Coroner's Office, Dawnyelle Sharpe, 28, was killed when she collided with one of the vehicles around 3:45 a.m. Sharpe died at the scene from multiple trauma.

Two passengers from Sharpe's car and occupants from the other cars were transported by EMS. Their conditions are not currently known.

The Columbia Police Department was originally investigating the accident, but troopers say the relative of a CPD employee was involved in the accident, so the investigation was turned over to the Highway Patrol.

"A lot of the evidence is actually in the roadway," said Senior Trooper Brent Kelly.  "So if we continue to let, it's just two lanes coming across the bridge so if we continue to let cars travel through there some of that evidence might get damaged or destroyed which may turn out to be an important part of our investigation.

The Broad River Bridge has reopened, but the crash investigation continues.

"They may be able to determine the speed based on the evidence, but as of right now we're not sure what the speed was," said Kelly. "We're just going to handle it the same way we handle all wrecks."

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