Colleton County Fire-Rescue


22/May/2017 – MVC / MCI with entrapment – “C” Shift

Incident # 17-03486 – Ten people were injured, one critically, in a high speed five car collision on Interstate 95 near the 64 mile marker southbound, Monday afternoon 22-May at 13:41. All vehicles were travelling southbound when several collided causing a Nissan Altima to drive under the trailer of a tractor trailer truck. The car became wedged under the trailer and the rear tandem wheels drove up over the car crushing the front seat passenger in the car. The 45 year old Florida woman was conscious, but suffered multiple traumatic injuries. The wheels of the trailer where on top of her legs. A military medic stopped and treated the woman prior to Fire-Rescue arriving. The southbound lanes of I-95 were blocked due to the wreckage and debris. Heavy traffic backed up for several miles, hampering emergency units from reaching the accident. Once on scene, Fire-Rescue units began treating the injured and stabilizing the tractor trailer and Nissan. The female patient was found to be heavily entrapped in the wreckage with little access. There was approximately three feet of intrusion into the passenger compartment. Firefighter-Paramedics treated her in the car and used Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver’s side doors and roof.

Other crewmembers built a box crib under the rear axles of the trailer, then used small hydraulic jacks and Holmatro High Pressure Air Bags to lift the trailer approximately 18 inches off of the car. A winch on a Fire-Rescue vehicle was used to pull the car from under the trailer. The patient remained trapped under the door and dash which was crushed down on her lower extremities. Crews rigged chains to the door and a nearby guard rail support, then used Holmatro Spreaders to pull the door off of the patient. Another set of Spreaders were used to displace the dash off of the patient. After 49 minutes, she was extricated with spinal precautions, then transported emergent to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in Medic 26. No helicopters could fly due to poor weather conditions. Two other patients were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Colleton Medical Center by Medic 9. The remaining patients were treated at the scene for various traumatic injuries, but did not require ambulance transportation. Southbound traffic on I-95 was backed up for eight miles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

Engine 5, Engine 26, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 9, Medic 26, Car 105, Car 109, Car 110, Car 111, Car 116 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.