Colleton County Fire-Rescue

5/11/2009

Stations 1, 19, 26 and 27 responded to an over-turned vehicle on Winchester Road near the intersection of Three Mile Road. The west bound vehicle appeared to have left the right shoulder, over corrected, lost control and over-turned trapping the 18 year old driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and remained in the vehicle. The accident occurred at 2331, Monday night 11-May. A teenage girl was also in the vehicle. The girl received minor injuries and was transported by Medic 27 to Colleton Medical Center. The male driver was pinned in the 2000 Jeep Cherokee when his arm was crushed between the roof, the steering wheel and the ground. The roof was pushed flat with the dash. Due to his position inside the vehicle, the extrication proved challenging. Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to lift the car with high pressure air bags to relieve pressure on his hand, only to find the patients arm was pinned as well. Hydraulic rescue tools were used to remove the driverís door after the car was lifted and a several hydraulic tools were utilized to cut the steering wheel and displace the roof to free the man.

A medical helicopter had already responded and had shut down awaiting the 

extrication. The patient was flown by Lifenet 3 to the Medical University of SC Trauma Center in Charleston in good condition. Besides the severe crushing injury to his arm and hand, he appeared to have suffered only minor trauma other injuries. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 19, Rescue 1, Medic 19, Medic 27 and Battalion 1 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.