Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Stations 1, 9, and 19 responded to a single vehicle, high speed MVC in the 12000 block of Round O Road, Friday morning 7-November at 0211. (This is about 3/4 of a mile north of Round O Crossroads / Cottageville Hwy.) An older model Dodge pickup truck lost control after exiting an "S" curve, entered the ditch and flipped over one time. The unrestrained driver was partially ejected during the crash and trapped in the wreckage with his upper body outside the vehicle. He received multiple trauma injuries, including a severe spinal injury which resulted in paralysis of his lower body. Firefighter-Paramedics used hydraulic rescue tools to free the 24 year old local man. The extrication took about 12 minutes. He was extricated with full spinal precautions and treated for his other injuries at the scene. Meducare responded to the scene and flew the man to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. The SC Highway Patrol in investigating to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
Engine 19, Rescue 1, Medic 9, Battalion 1 and Truck 12 responded. Battalion Chief Rich Ellis served as Incident Commander.