Colleton County Fire-Rescue


13/October/2018 – Fatal MVC with Air Evac – “B” Shift

Incident # 18-07140 – A 46 yr. old man died from injuries received in a single car, high speed MVC in the 3300 block of McDanieltown Road north of Cottageville Saturday evening 13-October. The accident was reported at 22:40 after the north bound Volkswagen Passat left the roadway, struck a tree and flipped over several times. A passerby drove up on the accident and reported it to 9-1-1. Firefighter-Paramedics stationed in Cottageville, arrived minutes later to find the passenger car blocking one lane of McDanieltown Rd. The car received major damage and the scene was littered with debris. The 33 yr. old male driver received life threatening injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt and advised personnel at the scene that another man had been in the vehicle with him. Crews searched the dark scene with flashlights and a thermal imaging camera. They found the car’s motor approximately 75 feet south of the accident. Shortly thereafter, they located the passenger near the wood line in heavy brush. He was approximately 50 feet from the car. A medical helicopter and second Fire-Rescue ambulance had already been requested to respond. Crews treated the driver in the car and extricated him with full spinal precautions. He was placed in Fire-Rescue Medic 9, then transported to the field at Cottageville Elem School where Engine 9 had set up an Landing Zone for the helicopter. The patient was quickly transferred to the C.A.R.E. Flight crew and flown to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. The Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and transported the passenger.

The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and MAIT also responded to the scene. Units cleared up about five hours later once the investigation was complete. Traffic on McDanieltown Road was rerouted for five hours.

Engine 9. Tender 34, Medic 9, Medic 19, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 112 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander. Lt. Jimmy Jacques coordinated the LZ.