More than 3,000 calls for service were made to S.C. Highway Patrol from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, according to patrol spokesman Sgt. Bob Beres.
Beres said his agency responded to one weather-related fatality, where a motorist struck a parked S.C. Department of Natural Resources vehicle that was assisting another motorist on Interstate 95 in Clarendon County. Ten deaths have been reported throughout the Southeast.
Beres gave these stark numbers to South Carolina Radio Network that show winter storm Pax’s icy grip across the state, in the hours from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday:
- 925 weather-related calls for service; to put that in perspective, this time last year, SCHP responded to 171 calls for service
- 366 trees in roadway
- 61 abandoned vehicles
- 276 stranded motorists
He said trees in the roadway plague much of the state, and that many troopers are working to clear roads.
Beres said continued icy secondary roads in the Midlands mean non-essential works should keep off the roads through Thursday. The Ravenel bridge in Charleston County is still closed due to falling ice. The Upstate is still seeing mostly snow.
“We’re discouraging people to keep off the roadways today … we’re not seeing signs of it melting any time soon,” Beres said.