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A government vehicle crashed into the marsh near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Here’s what we know

A road sign in Parris Island, SC, May 13, 2011. (DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen)

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.

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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.

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