Colleton County Fire-Rescue


03/December/2012 – MVC with Entrapment & Air Evacuation – “A” Shift

Incident # 12-06563 – A 31 year old man was trapped in his tractor trailer following an accident on Jacksonboro Road, just south of Parkers Ferry Road Monday 3-December at 12:01. The northbound loaded log truck left the roadway and overturned in the ditch. The load of cut pine trees was propelled forward crushing the Kenworth’s cab, knocked down a power pole, thus suspending the lines about two feet over the truck. The driver was heavily entrapped inside the mangled cab. Once the hanging power line was deemed safe enough to work  beneath, Firefighter-Paramedics determined the driver was in stable condition. Rescue crews blocked Jacksonboro Road, requested a medical helicopter, then began the extrication process. Large straps were used to secure the loose logs, while chainsaws were used to cut several logs into smaller sections so they could be moved. Firefighters used several reciprocating saws to cut apart the cab and a large aluminum plate that had been behind the cab. Holmatro Hydraulic cutters and spreaders were used to gain access to the interior of the cab.

Coastal Electric Company responded to the scene to secure the power to the lines. Crewmembers worked for 40 minutes tunneling their way into the cab, removing pieces of the truck until they were able to free the driver. Firefighter-Paramedics continued to treat the man during the extrication which included IV fluids and pain medications. He was removed with full spinal precautions and placed in Fire-Rescue Medic 6 for transport to a landing zone at Jacksonboro Baptist Church 2 miles from the scene. LifeNet 4 had responded to the large open area in front of the church and was standing by until Medic 6 arrived. Engine 12 handled the landing zone. The patient was transferred to the Flight Crew without incident, then flown to the Trauma Center at the Medical University of SC in Charleston. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 2, Engine 6, Engine 12, Rescue 1, Medic 6, Medic 9, Car 105, Car 118 and Car 119 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.