Colleton County Fire-Rescue
30/April/2017 Ė Fatal MVC Double Entrapment - ďBĒ Shift
Incident # 17-02941 Ė A truck driver is credited with
saving the lives of three people following a multi-vehicle accident on I-95
near the 49 mile marker northbound. Apparently a car collided with a pickup
truck causing the pickup truck to spin out of control on the rain slick
highway. The car slid down the embankment and struck a tree trapping the
male driver. The pickup truck came to rest sideways in the travel lanes. A
northbound tractor trailer was able to stop quickly and maneuver sideways
stopping within two feet of the driverís door of the disabled pickup truck
avoiding a collision. A second northbound pickup truck drove into the rear
of the tractor trailer at a high rate of speed with about five feet of the
truck going under the back of the trailer. The male driver of the second
pickup truck was heavily entrapped in his vehicle. Both northbound lanes of
I-95 were blocked by the wreckage. The first Fire-Rescue unit found the
driver of the second pickup truck conscious but entrapped. A medical
helicopter was requested, but declined the flight due to poor weather
conditions. The driver of the car was also trapped with the roof crushed
into the passenger compartment. The man had no pulse and was not breathing.
The Coronerís Office was notified.
Firefighter-Paramedics removed debris from the passenger side of the pickup truck and were able to enter the vehicle. Access to the patient was limited, but patient care was initiated while other crewmembers deployed Holmatro Rescue Tools. Hydraulic spreaders were used to remove the driverís door. Crews had the tractor trailer driver carefully pull the truck forward about three feet to provide room to displace the dash. The Hydraulic spreader was used to push the dash forward and off of the patient. He was extricated with spinal precautions and transported emergent by Medic 13 to the Trauma Center at Trident. When the Coronerís Office completed their investigation, extrication began on the passenger car. Hydraulic spreaders were used to remove the driverís door, then cutters were used to remove the front section of the roof to free the driver. He was transported by the Coronerís Office. A female passenger in the same vehicle received only minor injuries and was transported to Colleton Medical Center by Medic 26. Northbound traffic on I-95 was stopped in the area of the accident for over two hours.
Engine 1, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 13, Medic 26, Battalion 1 and Car 109 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.
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