Colleton County Fire-Rescue

9/08/2009

Stations 1, 18 and Walterboro Public Safety responded to a single car MVC in the 600 block of Heirs Corner Road in the City of Walterboro on Tuesday evening 8-Sept., at 1903.  A 1996 Buick Roadmaster, driven by a 19 year old male, was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, when it failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a lighted school warning pole and overturned in the ditch in front of The Styling Villa. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. As the vehicle overturned, his legs went through the windshield, but as the car came to rest upside down, his legs were crushed between the dash and the roof. The man was in extreme pain and suffered multiple trauma injuries. County Firefighter-Paramedics stabilized the car and used high pressure air bags to spread the roof and dash apart. Hydraulic rescue tools were also used to remove the truck lid, passenger side door and to displace the dash on the opposite side of the vehicle. The extrication took about 45 minutes. He was treated in the vehicle and given pain medications during the extrication. The man was immobilized on a long spine board and removed through the rear window. Once freed he  was transported to Colleton Medical Centerís helipad to meet with the Omniflight-Charleston helicopter, then flown to the Trauma Center at MUSC.

Rescue 1, Medic 18, Truck 12 and Battalion 1 responded. Chief McRoy served as Incident Commander.  Walterboro Public Safety Engine 2 and 3 also responded.