Update November 27: The Island Packet has a few more details including the woman's name and notes that the accident occurred after she turned off Lenora Drive to Ribaut Road, crossing the path of the tanker truck.
I'm familiar with the spot and that turn, it's definitely one you want to press down on the gas hard as you can't always tell what's coming around the corner.
First reporting: A woman reportedly visiting the Lowcountry for Thanksgiving died this morning when her SUV collided with a tanker truck at Ribaut Road and Lenora Drive in Port Royal near the Russell Bell Bridge (map bellow).
The accident occurred near 7:30 a.m.
The woman, whose name, age and address have not yet been released by the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department, was dead at the scene, Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said.
The Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department, assisted by units from Beaufort County EMS and the Port Royal Police Department, responded to the accident. Firefighters quickly secured the scene of all existing hazards and assisted paramedics with administering care to the tractor trailer driver, who wasn't seriously injured.
"This is a tragic accident any time of the year, but particularly on the Thanksgiving holiday," Negron said.
The Beaufort County Sherriff's Department and South Carolina Department of Transportation officials assisted local emergency crews with handling the accident scene. Law enforcement officers restricted traffic to two lanes through a portion of Ribaut Road for about three hours while emergency crews cleared the scene and conducted the investigation.
We'll be sure to keep you updated with any additional details on the accident.