Ridgeville man loses his life in head-on crash | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | February 17, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: February 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm
A Feb. 12 head-on crash on Cottageville Highway claimed the life of a 21-year-old Ridgeville man and closed the roadway for hours.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey reports that Jacob McCranie, 21, of Catfish Court in Ridgeville was pronounced dead at the scene Friday at 5:30 a.m.
Harvey listed the cause of death as multiple trauma.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, McCranie was driving his 2007 Ford pickup truck north in the 5800 block of Cottageville Highway (U.S. Hwy. 17-A) when his truck went off the roadway.
He over-corrected, drove back onto the roadway and into the southbound lane, where he collided head-on with a tractor-trailer driven by Jimmie Broughton, 70.
McCranie’s pickup came to rest on the northbound shoulder of Cottageville Highway. The impact caused the engine of the vehicle to be thrown approximately 50 feet into a nearby swamp.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue firefighter-paramedics examined McCranie, who was trapped in his vehicle, and found no signs of life.
Broughton was also trapped inside his heavily damaged cab.
Firefighter-paramedics began treating him in the cab, while other crewmembers used rescue tools to displace the dash and remove the seat to free him.
Once freed from the wreckage, Broughton was placed on a stretcher, carried through the swamp and up an embankment to a waiting ambulance.
He was transported to Colleton Medical Center with multiple, non-life threatening injuries.
The collision punctured and dislodged one of the large fuel tanks on the dump truck, spreading diesel fuel over the entire scene. South Carolina Department of Transportation brought a sand truck to the crash site to cover the spilled fuel.
Cottageville Highway was blocked due the wreckage. Traffic was detoured at Round O Crossroads north of the accident and on Coolers Dairy Road on the south side for six hours while the accident was investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
South Carolina DOT and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also responded to the scene to assess the fuel spill.
By GEORGE SALSBERRY