Colleton County Fire-Rescue
18/February/2021 - Fatal MVC with Double Entrapment - "C" Shift
Incident # 21-01238 - An adult male was killed and a 13 yr old female received multiple traumatic injuries in a multi-vehicle collision on I-95 near the 59 mile marker southbound Thursday evening 18-February at 12:34. The driver of the utility truck was parked in the breakdown lane behind a disabled tractor trailer attempting to change a tire on the semi-truck. He had just crawled from under the trailer when the collision occurred. The driver was knocked away from the truck, but did not receive any injuries. The tractor trailer driver was also not injured. The southbound GMC Sierra pickup truck that was pulling a trailer, veered into the breakdown lane. The pickup truck struck the parked utility truck at a high rate of speed and pushed it into a disable tractor trailer. Both occupants were unrestrained and heavily entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighter-Paramedics found the adult male driver with no signs of life. The Coroner's Office was requested and responded. Crews used multiple Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the passenger side doors and "B" post. Hydraulic rams were used to displace the seat and a hydraulic cutter was used to cut the supports on the back of the seat to free the child. She was treated at the scene, then transported emergent to the Children's Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston in Fire-Rescue Medic 26 with additional Firefighter-Paramedics onboard to assist with her care. No medical helicopters could fly due to thunderstorms in the region. Once the Coroner's Office completed their investigation, crews used Holmatro Rescue Tools to extricate the driver. He was transported by the Coroner's Office. Southbound traffic on I-95 was down to one lane for two hours causing it to back up for several miles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Engine 26, Medic 1, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 104, Car 105, Car 107 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
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