Colleton County Fire-Rescue
30/January/2018 – MVC with HazMat – “C” Shift
Incident # 18-00797 – A tractor trailer hauling a chemical trailer left the roadway and crashed into a creek on I-95 southbound near the 56 mile marker Tuesday morning 30-January at 02:44. The truck struck the guard rail and bridge before going down the embankment and jack knifing against a bridge pillar. The insulated trailer struck several trees causing damage to the trailer. Both diesel tanks were breached spilling a large amount of diesel fuel on the highway and in the creek. The injured truck driver was able to self-extricate. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Firefighter-Paramedics lowered an extension ladder from the bridge to reach the driver. He was brought up the ladder, examined and decontaminated before being placed in Fire-Rescue Medic 26. No medical helicopters could fly due fog in the area. The driver was transported emergent to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. Traffic on I-95 in the area of the accident was down to one lane while emergency responders worked the scene. They cleared up after six hours. A private HazMat clean-up crew and recovery units were on the scene throughout the day with the lane remaining closed.
Engine 26, Rescue 1, HazMat 19, Ladder 19, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Deputy Chief David Greene and Battalion Chief Scott Feather operated the command post.
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