Colleton County Fire-Rescue
13/May/2017 – MVC with Entrapment – “C” Shift
Incident # 17-03300 – A 22 year old Beaufort County man suffered multiple traumatic injuries in a single vehicle crash in the 4300 block of Green Pond Highway (SC Hwy 303), Saturday afternoon 13-May at 17:58. The Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Green Pond Hwy. when it left the roadway at a high rate of speed and entered the southbound ditch. The truck went down an embankment, then struck several trees causing heavy damage to the truck and trapping the driver. The cab was dislodged from the frame and the engine caught on fire following the collision. Several bystanders stopped to assist the driver. One man disconnected the battery cables and extinguished the fire preventing some tragic results. When Firefighter-Paramedics arrived, they found the truck upright with the bottom of the driver’s side of the cab approximately seven feet in the air. The driver’s legs were pinned in the vehicle under the dash. Crews built a box crib on the passenger’s side to stabilize the cab and positioned two ladders on the driver’s side to reach the patient. They worked from the ladders and the roof with Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver’s door and displace the dash to free the patient. He was immobilized, placed on a long spine board and lowered to the ground on a 14’ ladder. Firefighter-Paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him emergent to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.
Traffic on Green Pond Highway was blocked for about 40 minutes and then down to one lane for approximately two hours. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Engine 1, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Battalion 1, Car 27, Car 109 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.
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