Colleton County Fire-Rescue


27/January/2021 - MVC with Entrapment - "B" Shift

Incident # 21-00735 - A Walterboro woman was seriously injured in a four vehicle MVC on I-95 near the 65 mile marker northbound, Wednesday evening 27-January at 18:37. A passenger car, SUV, full-sized pickup truck and a tractor trailer collided on the dark stretch of rural Interstate. The SUV, carrying an adult female and two small children overturned blocking both lanes of the busy highway. The woman was trapped in the wreckage. The passenger car came to rest in the center of the road south of the overturned SUV. The tractor trailer received damage to the rear wheels and was blocking the breakdown lane and the outside travel lane, while the pickup truck entered the wooden median. All northbound traffic was stopped, which also hampered emergency units reaching the scene. After arriving, Firefighter-Paramedics began treating the injured. Bystanders had forced open the liftgate on the SUV and safely removed the two small girls. The truck driver and the four occupants of the passenger car were not injured. The pickup truck driver received minor injuries and denied ambulance transport to the hospital. Crews stabilized the SUV using Holmatro V-Struts and they began treating the woman's injuries while other Firefighters used Holmatro rescue tools to remove the roof of the vehicle. After about 20 minutes, the woman was extricated and moved to Fire-Rescue Medic 26. No medical helicopters could fly due to poor weather conditions, so Medic 26 transported her and the two children to the Trauma Center at Trident Hospital in North Charleston.
The children had non-life threatening injuries. Northbound traffic backed up three miles. Sheriff's Deputies detoured traffic at Exit 62 on to McLeod Road for two hours. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

Engine 26, Rescue 1, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 101, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Captain Blaine Harrison served as Incident Commander.