Mock terrorism exercise planned for Wednesday in Rock Hill

A mock terrorism exercise involving soldiers from Fort Jackson and hundreds of emergency responders from around the state is planned for Wednesday in Rock Hill.

The drill will start around 7:30 a.m. in the Winthrop University Coliseum and Farm area and last until late afternoon. Described as a large-scale training event designed to check York County’s preparedness for a terrorist attack, the exercise will involve local, state and regional emergency workers. Officials said they are prevented from describing the scenario

Eden Terrace and surrounding streets will remain open to traffic, but drivers may want to use Cherry Road to avoid delays. Winthrop’s main campus is not involved in the exercise, and all classes and other activities will take place as normal.

Dozens of vehicles and personnel will take part, while soldiers from Fort Jackson who will play the roles of injured people.

The exercise is part of a five-year program by the State County Terrorism Council and Critical Incident Management Group. Among the agencies involved are the Rock Hill police and fire departments, York County Sheriff’s Office, Winthrop campus police and Piedmont Medical Center Emergency Medical Services.