Green Pond woman seriously hurt in Ritter Road crash | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 27, 2016 1:24 pm
A single-car crash in the 7900 block of Ritter Road sent a 55-year-old Green Pond woman to the Trauma Center.
At 7:37 p.m. Thursday May 26, a caller reported the accident, advising the car left the roadway and overturned. The caller said he could not locate the patient and thought they may have been ejected.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived moments later and reported the driver was trapped inside the car. Firefighter-paramedics arrived at the scene a few minutes later, noting the vehicle had heavy damage and was over-turned in the ditch.
Apparently the westbound car left the roadway and struck a driveway culvert on the eastbound side of the road. The driveway caused the car the to become airborne, then strike an oak tree approximately six feet off the ground, before flipping over in the ditch.
The female driver was heavily entrapped inside. She was in critical condition, suffering from multiple traumatic injuries. Firefighter-paramedics forced entry into the vehicle and began administering care. Other crewmembers stabilized the car and used rescue tools to remove the driver’s side doors, “B” post, steering wheel and front seat. The patient was immobilized and extricated with spinal precautions. The extrication took approximately 20 minutes.
She was rapidly transported directly to the Trauma Center at the Medical University in Charleston by ambulance with additional firefighter-paramedics assisting with her care.
Traffic in the area of the accident was blocked for an hour. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.