Colleton County Fire-Rescue


23/December/2014 – Triple Fatal MVC – “B” Shift

Incident # 14-07486 – Three people died, including a child, after being struck by a car on I-95 near the 57 mile marker northbound Wednesday 23-December. While units were responding to another fatal MVC near the 64 mile marker, they passed a single car MVC in the median just north of Exit 57. The small car had left the roadway in heavy rains and struck a tree, causing minor damage. The three occupants were out of the vehicle and waved responding emergency crews off advising everyone was okay. Minutes later, Battalion 1 passed the same accident and was flagged down by bystanders. A second vehicle had attempted to stop and assist the family, but lost control on the wet highway and struck all three of the occupants. Battalion 1 found two adults not breathing and without a pulse laying in the median. An approximately eight year old boy was found face down in a water filled ditch. When he was removed, he made attempts to breath. Battalion 1 is equipped as a Paramedic First Response Unit and B/C Dalton began resuscitative efforts on the child. He radioed for Medic 1, who was also enroute to the accident at the 64 mile marker, to stop at his location and assist with patient care. Two additional ambulances were also assigned to the incident. Medic 19 was then assigned to respond in place of Medic 1 to the 64 mile marker.

Medic 1’s crew continued resuscitative efforts and rapidly transported the boy to Colleton Medical Center. No medical helicopters could fly due to heavy rains. The two adults suffered multiple traumatic injuries and had no signs of life. The Coroner’s Office was notified. Traffic in both directions of I-95 was backed up for several miles and Sheriff’s Deputies diverted north bound traffic at Exit 57 to Bells Highway. The SC Highway Patrol and their MAIT Team spend several hours investigating the crash. The child did not survive his injuries and was later pronounced at the hospital. The driver of the car that struck the family was also transported to Colleton Medical Center.

Engine 1, Medic 1, Medic 13, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.