Colleton County Fire-Rescue


19/February/2021 - Fatal MVC with Entrapment - "A" Shift

Incident # 21-01278 - An Allendale woman lost her life and a 15 yr. old male was injured in a single vehicle, high speed MVC in the 500 block of Confederate Hwy. (SC Hwy 641) Friday evening 19-February. Another motorist reported the collision at 18:15 advising the driver was trapped and the injured teenager was walking near the car. Fire-Rescue units arrived several minutes later to find the 2004 Toyota Avalon against a tree with heavy damage. It appeared the car was traveling toward Allendale when it lost control, over-corrected and slid sideways into the tree. Firefighter-Paramedics began treating the teenager for multiple traumatic injuries. They examined the female driver and found her to be heavily entrapped with no signs of life. The vehicle struck the tree on the driver's side of the car causing several feet of intrusion. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts. A second Fire-Rescue Ambulance was requested as well as the Coroner's Office. A medical helicopter was not available. Fire-Rescue Medic 18 transported the juvenile emergent to the Pediatric Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. After the Coroner's Office completed their investigation, crews stabilized the vehicle, then used Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver's side doors to free the patient. She was transported by the Coroner's Office. Confederate Highway in the area of the accident was closed for 2-1/2 hours. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. 
Engine 15, Engine 23, Medic 7, Medic 18, Rescue 1, Rescue 18, Battalion 1, Car 104, Car 112 and Car 116 responded. Battalion Chief Scott O'Quinn served as Incident Commander.