Colleton County Fire-Rescue
19/February/2020 – Fatal MVC – “A” Shift
Incident # 20-01192 – The drivers of separate vehicles died following a high speed head-on collision in the 9800 block of Green Pond Hwy (SC Hwy 303) at the intersection of Waters Court Wednesday evening 19-February at 19:27. The cars collided after a northbound Hyundai Sonata dropped off of the right shoulder, over-corrected then lost control. The vehicle entered the southbound lane and struck a southbound Ford Taurus head-on causing heavy damage to both vehicles. The Taurus was pushed into the water filled ditched on the southbound side of the roadway. Both occupants suffered multiple traumatic injuries and were trapped in the wreckage. The 61 yr. old female driver had no signs of life and the 75 yr. old female passenger was critically injured. The Sonata came to rest on the northbound shoulder, partially in the roadway. Debris from both cars littered the scene. The two occupants of the Sonata also suffered multiple traumatic injuries, were in critical condition and unconscious. First arriving Fire-Rescue Units requested two additional Fire-Rescue ambulances and medical helicopters. Due to poor weather conditions, no helicopters could fly. Firefighter-Paramedics began treating the injured and used Holmatro Rescue Tools to extricate the passenger of the Taurus. Crews removed the driver’s side rear door and forced the seat down to extricate the woman through the back seat. The vehicle was in knee deep water and the passenger side was against a tree stump preventing the passenger side from being accessible.
The patient was removed with full spinal precautions and transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 13 to the Trauma Center at MUSC. The Coroner’s Office was notified for the driver. Other crews worked on the occupants of the Sonata who both suffered critical multiple traumatic injuries. The 30 yr. old female passenger was treated at the scene and remained unconscious. She was transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 6 to the Trauma Center at MUSC with additional personnel on board to assist with her care. The 39 yr. old male driver was unconscious and had breathing difficulties. He was quickly treated at the scene, then transported emergent to Colleton Medical Center in Fire-Rescue Medic 1 with additional personnel onboard to assist with his care. The patient went into cardiac arrest twice and was revived by Firefighter-Paramedics enroute to the hospital, however he did not survive his injuries. The Coroner and his staff responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. Once completed, Fire crews used Holmatro Rescue Tools to extricate the driver of the Taurus. She was transported by the Coroner’s Office. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Green Pond Hwy in the area of the accident was blocked for over four hours until the scene was cleared.
Engine 6, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 6, Medic 13, Battalion 1, Car 107 and Car 112 responded. Asst. Chief Marty Stallings served as Incident Commander.
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