Colleton County Fire-Rescue

5/29/2009

Stations 1, 26 and 27 responded to a high speed MVC on I-95 at the 57 mile marker southbound, Friday morning 29-May at 0557. A southbound Mitsubishi Lancer collided with a parked tractor-trailer in the breakdown lane just north of Exit 57. The car drove under the trailer until the it struck the rear axles, dislodging the rear most axle. The 25 year old female driver was heavily entrapped in the wreckage. She suffered multiple traumatic injuries and severe leg injuries. A medical helicopter was requested, but none could fly due to fog near their bases.

Firefighter-Paramedics worked using Holmatro Rescue Tools to force open the driverís door and pushed the dash off of her legs. However, she remained pinned by the steering wheel. Crews rigged up chains around the vehicle frame and the steering column and used a spreader to pull the steering column off of the victim. The extrication took about 23 minutes to complete. She was treated in the vehicle before being freed and was then moved to Medic 27. She was transported directly from scene to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston.

Engine 26, Rescue 1, Medic 27, Battalion 1 and Truck 11 responded. Captain Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.