Colleton County Fire-Rescue


05/13/2011 – MVC with Ejection - “A” Shift

Incident # 11-02680 - Two people were left in critical condition following a high speed MVC on I-95 near the 61 mile marker north bound, Friday afternoon 13-May at 3:20 PM. A northbound customized full-sized van that was pulling a trailer, left the roadway, over-turned and struck several trees. Both occupants were ejected from the van. A 71 year old female was found in front of the vehicle, while her unconscious husband was located in the wooded median near the back of the van. Both patients were in critical condition, suffering from multiple traumatic injuries. An additional ambulance and two medical helicopters were assigned to the incident. Firefighter-Paramedics treated both patients at the scene. Each of the medical helicopters advised of extended ETAs. The male patient was packaged and transported to the Lowcountry Regional Airport to meet with Omniflight-Charleston. In addition to his multiple traumatic injuries, he was suffering from airway problems. He was stabilized on the ground before he was flown to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston.

The female patient was transported to Colleton Medical Center, where the staff had medical experts assembled in the ED. As Medic 19 pulled into the hospital, the Lifenet 3 helicopter also landed much sooner than first advised. The ambulance met the helicopter on the hospital’s landing pad. The patient was flown directly to the Trauma Center at MUSC. Witnesses stated a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash. It was reported that a silver colored small car may have struck the van just prior to the accident. The second vehicle did not stop. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 17, Engine 26, Medic 19, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton Served as Incident Commander.