Colleton County Fire-Rescue


16/January/2016 – MVC with Entrapment – “C” Shift

Incident # 16-00290 – A 55 year old woman received non-life threatening injuries after a truck she was driving over-turned on I-95 Saturday afternoon 16-January. At 16:52, Fire-Rescue was dispatched to the 57 mile marker for an accident involving an over-turned tractor trailer. No accident was located at the 57. Units continued north for approximately 4 miles and located the accident near the 61 mile marker southbound. A Budget boxed style truck lost control and rolled onto the driver’s side. The female driver was tangled in the steering wheel and covered by contents in the cab. Several bystanders had attempted to free her, but could not get the materials off of her to reach the woman. The patient appeared to be in stable condition. A large pit bull type dog and caged tarantula were also trapped in the cab. Firefighter-Paramedics used an axe and a Glas-Master tool to remove the windshield. Crews were then able to remove much of the contents off of the patient. The dog and tarantula were safely removed from the cab, but it took about ten minutes to free the driver. Once free, she was able to ambulate at the scene. A family member arrived a short time later. The woman denied ambulance transport and left the scene with the family member.

The southbound lanes were blocked for a short period and down to one lane for nearly two hours until the truck could be removed. Traffic backed up for several miles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Engine 26, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.