Update: Man rescued from burning car
by The Press and Standard | January 3, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: January 4, 2019 at 10:19 am
UPDATE: The man rescued from the car later died. Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey is investigating and will provide information when available.
A Pennsylvania motorist is credited with saving the life of a New York man who was critically injured in a single car accident on I-95 at the 41-mile marker Dec. 27 at 5:01 a.m.
The New York man’s southbound SUV left the roadway and went down a 15-foot embankment before striking a large tree and catching fire.
The man’s 16-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle and received multiple traumatic injuries. She was able to escape from the burning vehicle and attempted to reach her father from the driver’s side, but could not open the door. She made several attempts but was driven away by the flames.
Her father suffered multiple traumatic injuries, including several fractures to both legs and his pelvis. He was unable to exit the car.
Andrew Hack of Pennsylvania, also traveling southbound on the dark rural stretch of I-95, stopped and ran down the embankment to the burning car.
Hack was able to force open the driver’s door enough to access the driver.
The injured man’s clothing was burning. Hack, ignoring his own safety, pulled the heavy victim out of the burning SUV and dragged him a safe distance from the car, saving his life.
Hack extinguished the burning clothing and remained with the man until firefighter-paramedics arrived a few minutes later.
Crews quickly placed the injured man on a stretcher and Hack, along with an unidentified truck driver who also stopped at the crash scene, assisted the first responders in carrying the man up the hill to the ambulance.
One additional Fire-Rescue ambulance was assigned to the incident and a medical helicopter was requested.
Firefighters deployed one hand line to extinguish the car fire, which destroyed the vehicle and set the surrounding woods on fire.
Firefighter-paramedics worked to stabilized the critically injured man who, in addition to his other injuries, suffered second- and third-degree burns over approximately 40 percent of his body and was experiencing trouble breathing.
The man was transported the man to the 39-mile marker to meet the medical helicopter. The location was clear of trees and made a better landing zone than the wreck scene.
LifeNet 4 landed on the interstate and the flight crew helped stabilize the patient’s airway, then flew the man to the burn/trauma center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, Ga.
The man’s daughter was transported to Colleton Medical Center for treatment. She was stabilized and later transferred by private ambulance to the Trauma Center at Trident Hospital in North Charleston.
Southbound traffic on I-95 was down to one lane for two hours and backed up for six miles.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the crash.