Ladders needed to retrieve car crash victim | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm
Paramedics working to free a 22-year-old Beaufort County man from the wreckage of his pickup truck needed to get off the ground.
The man, who suffered multiple traumatic injuries in a single-vehicle crash in the 4300 block of Green Pond Highway on the afternoon of May 13, was trapped in the cab of his truck that was tenuously perched seven feet in the air.
The Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Green Pond Highway May 13 at about 5:58 p.m. when it left the roadway and entered the southbound ditch.
The truck went down an embankment, then struck several trees, causing heavy damage to the truck and trapping the driver.
The cab was dislodged from the frame and the engine caught on fire following the collision. Several bystanders stopped to assist the driver. One man disconnected the battery cables and extinguished the fire preventing tragic results.
When firefighter-paramedics arrived, they found the truck upright with the bottom of the driver’s side of the cab approximately seven feet in the air. The driver’s legs were pinned in the vehicle under the dash.
Crews built a box crib on the passenger side of the truck to stabilize the cab and positioned two ladders on the driver’s side to reach the patient.
They worked from the ladders and the roof with rescue tools to remove the driver’s door and displace the dash to free the patient. He was immobilized, placed on a long spine board and lowered to the ground on a 14-foot ladder.
Firefighter-paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.
Traffic on Green Pond Highway was blocked for about 40 minutes and then down to one lane for approximately two hours.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the crash.