Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Stations 1, 4, 18 and 31 responded to a high speed, single car MVC on Bells Highway just east of Azalea Patch Road at 1819, Sunday afternoon 17-May. Law enforcement had just broadcast a look out for this vehicle travelling at a high rate speed and running through the stop sign at Bells Crossroads. The 1994 Jeep Cherokee failed to negotiate a curve on Bells Hwy east of Azalea Patch Road. The small SUV went down an embankment, through a field and struck a large hole in the field. The vehicle flipped over on its roof. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected through the driverís side window. He received critical injuries in the crash. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived to find the man with multiple traumatic injuries and severe difficulty breathing. He was trapped in the wreckage. While two crews worked to extricate the man using hydraulic rescue tools, a third crew began treating his injuries. He apparently suffered a collapsed lung, resulting in Firefighter-Paramedics having to decompress his chest while he was still trapped in the wreckage. This life saving procedure involves the insertion of a large needle into the chest wall to relieve pressure and allow the patient to breathe. Once performed, the manís condition improved greatly. He was extricated in about 15 minutes. No medical helicopters could fly due poor weather conditions. The man was transported by Fire-Rescue Medic 18 to Colleton Medical Center. Units were on the scene

 about an hour. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.  

Engine 4, Engine 31, Rescue 1, Medic 18 and Battalion 1 responded. Firefighter Jeff Laney served as Incident Commander.