Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Stations 1, 8, 19, 26 and 27 responded to a two vehicle MVC on I-95 at the 43 mile marker northbound at 0752, Friday morning 9-April. The driver of a northbound Yukon stated she fell asleep, causing the vehicle to drift off of the roadway. The driver over-corrected when bringing the SUV back on the highway, then lost control. The SUV over-turned at least once landing on the passenger side. A vehicle following behind the SUV was struck by a small box style trailer being pulled by the SUV. The driver attempted to maintain control of his vehicle, but went off of the roadway at a high rate of speed and over-turned approximately 1/8 mile north of the other vehicle. Firefighters found four patients lying on the ground with various injuries near the SUV. Two uninjured people were ambulatory and an elderly woman was trapped inside the vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle received minor injuries and self extricated. Two off-duty Paramedics had stopped and were assisting the patients when Fire-Rescue units arrived.

Two additional ambulances were assigned to the incident. Firefighter-Paramedics treated the woman in the vehicle and administered pain

medications. They removed the rear seats from the SUV and used Holmatro hydraulic cutters to sever the supports on the second row to free the patient. She had been pinned in the vehicle when her leg became crushed between the seat and the rear door. The patient received multiple extremity injuries. All patients were transported to Colleton Medical Center. The elderly woman was flown from the ED by Lifenet medical helicopter to the Trauma Center at MUSC. The trapped patient later passed away from her injuries. The SC Highway Patrol investigating the accident.  

Engine 1, Engine 8, Rescue 1, Medic 19, Medic 26, Medic 27 and Battalion 1 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.