Colleton County Fire-Rescue

7/3/2011

07/03/2011 MVC with ejection & air evacuation A Shift

Incident # 11-03667 Multiple units responded to a two vehicle accident on Green Pond Highway south of Poor Farm Road Sunday evening 03-July at 21:43. Two north bound pickup trucks, one of which was pulling a boat, collided when one vehicle attempted to pass the other. The truck pulling the boat went off of the right hand shoulder and over turned at least once coming to rest on its wheels. Two of the occupants were partially ejected and one was unconscious immediately following  the crash. The truck caught fire while the two were still in the truck. Two motorist stopped and pulled the men from the burning truck, but they left the scene as responders were arriving. The boat broke loose from the trailer and skidded across the roadway ending up in the ditch on the southbound side of the highway. The second pickup truck, a red Dodge 1500 over turned at least once, knocked down several small trees and landed on its roof on the southbound side of the roadway. A total of seven people were injured. Shortly after arrival, Medic 19 requested two additional Medic Units and a Medical Helicopter.

Firefighters used one 1-3/4 handline to knock down the fire in the burning truck. With no life hazard associated with the truck, the Firefighter-Paramedics were reassigned to assist with the injured. All of the patients were treated at the scene and then transported to Colleton Medical Center. The medical helicopter was requested for one man who had been partially ejected and received multiple trauma injuries. Due to an extended ETA, the man was transported to CMC where he was stabilized and then flown in critical condition by Lifenet 3 to the Trauma Center at MUSC. Once all of the injured were transported, firefighters finished extinguishing the small fire remaining in the pickup truck. Traffic on Green Pond Highway was completely blocked for about an hour. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 19, Tender 1, Medic 1, Medic 6, Medic 19, Car 12 and Car 116 responded. Battalion Chief Marty Stallings served as Incident Commander.