Colleton County Fire-Rescue
10/July/2022 - Fatal MVC with Entrapment - "C" Shift
Incident # 22-05311 - Two adult males were killed and three other people were injured, two critically, in a head-on collision in the 8000 block of Charleston Hwy. (SC Hwy 64) near the Neyles Community Sunday evening 10-July at 18:23. The two vehicles, a 2012 VW Routan minivan and 2018 Honda CR-V struck head-on at a high rate of speed in a curve during a thunderstorm. Both vehicles received heavy damage. Two off-duty Firefighter-Paramedics drove up on the accident shortly after it occurred. They reported the accident to 9-1-1 over the radio. They and other bystanders began assisting the injured. They requested four Fire-Rescue ambulances and a medical helicopter. The helicopter was not able to respond due to poor weather conditions. Charleston Hwy was blocked in both directions for three hours. The restrained driver's of both vehicles were trapped in the wreckage. Both suffered fatal injuries. Two small female children in the minivan received critical traumatic injuries. Both were treated at the scene, then transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 1 and Medic 19 to the Children's Trauma Center at MUSC. An adult female passenger in the Honda was also transported by Fire-Rescue to the Trauma Center at MUSC. Two dogs in the Honda and one in the minivan were also injured. Colleton County Animal Services responded and transported the injured canines.
Once the Coroner's Office completed their investigation, Firefighters used Holmatro Pentheon Rescue Tools to extricate both drivers. The Coroner's Office transported them from the scene. The SC HIghway Patrol is investigating the accident. The Sheriff's Office and SCDOT rerouted traffic until Charleston Hwy could be reopened.
Engine 19, Medic 1, Medic 6, Medic 19, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 112 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
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