Colleton County Fire-Rescue
03/December/2019 – Fatal MVC with Entrapment – “C” Shift
Incident # 19-08384 – A 37 year old Cottageville man
died in a two vehicle head-on collision on Cottageville Hwy (US Hwy 17-A) at
Trout Lane near the Colleton/Dorchester County line Tuesday morning
03-December. At 06:14, Colleton 9-1-1 Operators received reports of the
accident. Callers advised one person was trapped and not breathing.
Fire-Rescue Medic 9 arrived a short time later to find the two vehicles with
heavy damage in the roadway. The highway was blocked by the wreckage and
debris. A second ambulance was requested. A southbound Mercury Marque
collided with a Chrysler minivan on the bridge. The driver of the Mercury
was entrapped in the wreckage. He was unconscious and not breathing. The
driver of the minivan fortunately suffered only minor injuries. A bystander
had entered the wrecked Mercury and was performing CPR on the driver.
Firefighter-Paramedics continued the resuscitative efforts, while other crew
members used Holmatro Rescue Tools to extricate the driver. He suffered
multiple traumatic injuries, was placed in Medic 9, then transported
emergent to Colleton Medical Center with additional Firefighter-Paramedics
onboard assisting with patient care. He did not survive his injuries. The
adult female driver of the minivan denied ambulance transportation. The
highway was blocked for about 1 hour and 45 minutes and was then down to one
lane for another hour. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with traffic control.
Engine 9, Medic 9, Medic 19, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 112 responded. Firefighter-EMT Brian Drew served as Incident Commander.
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