Colleton County Fire-Rescue


06/May/2020 – Fatal MVC with entrapment – “C” Shift

Incident # 20-03010 – A 40 yr. old Cottageville man and his dog were killed in a single vehicle high speed MVC on Sniders Hwy. (SC Hwy 63) just west of Rentz Dr Wednesday afternoon 06-May at 19:50. A Fire-Rescue unit that was responding to another incident in the area road up on the accident which a neighbor advised just occurred. The vehicle was traveling toward Walterboro when it drove off of the right shoulder past Tyler Rd, reentered the highway, over-corrected and left the roadway a second time before sliding sideways and flipping over into several trees. The cab on the 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck was crushed to the floor trapping the driver. Firefighter-Paramedics used a chainsaw to remove several smaller trees to reach the cab. They stabilized the vehicle and used a wench to pull the truck off of the trees. They then used Holmatro Rescue tools to remove the roof and extricate the driver and the dog. Unfortunately, both were deceased. Coroner Richard Harvey responded to the scene and the Coroner’s Office transported the patient to the morgue. Firefighter’s buried the canine at the scene. Traffic on Sniders Highway in the area of the accident was detoured for three hours. The CARE Flight helicopter was placed on standby, but was not used. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 1, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 27, Battalion 1, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.