Colleton County Fire-Rescue


03/January/2021 - Multi Vehicle MVC with Entrapment & Air Evac - "A" Shift

At 05:31 Sunday morning 03-January, Engine 1 and Medic 13 were sent to I-95 at the 42 mile marker southbound for a multi-vehicle accident. Medic 13 arrived to find one Audi in the median with heavy damage and the female driver entrapped in the wreckage. A Dodge truck pulling a car hauling trailer had jack-knifed and was south of the Audi. It had struck a tree, receiving heavy damage and the male driver was heavily entrapped in the wreckage. A third car (VW) had collided with the Dodge truck. Crews requested a Rescue Unit, one additional Fire-Rescue Ambulance and a medical helicopter. The car hauling trailer had lost several of the vehicles from the trailer which had fallen into the median. While attending to the injured, a southbound Hyundai SantaFe struck the back of the trailer which was blocking the median side travel lane. Immediately thereafter, a Honda Accord also struck the back of the trailer ripping the entire driver's side from the Accord. The occupants of the Accord suffered multiple traumatic injuries and were trapped in their vehicle. Crews notified Dispatch and requested two more Fire-Rescue Ambulances and one additional Engine. Firefighter-Paramedics conducted three extrications simultaneously to free the trapped victims. The driver of the Audi suffered a head injury and was semi-conscious. She was flown from the scene, by C.A.R.E. Flight to the Trauma Center at MUSC.The male driver of the pickup truck was transported emergent with additional Firefighter-Paramedics on board to assist with care.
He was transported to the Trauma Center at Trident Hospital. The remainder of the patients were transported by Fire-Rescue to Colleton Medical Center. Units were on the scene for four hours. I-95 traffic was detoured to the exit ramp across Lowcountry Hwy. It did back up for several miles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control.

Engine 1, Engine 13, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 13, Medic 18, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott O'Quinn served as Incident Commander.