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.