By HEATHER WALTERS
Local firefighter-paramedics and law enforcement officers responded to a crash on Interstate 95 on March 25th, where a man was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident.
The incident occurred on March 25th near the 54-mile marker in the northbound lane of Interstate 95.
At 12:34 p.m., dispatchers at the local 911-emergency call center began receiving multiple 911-emergency calls of a motor vehicle crash. When firefighter-paramedics arrived, they found that a pickup truck had left the road, drove over the cable barrier and then struck two large trees. The vehicle also flipped several times before landing back in the roadway, blocking northbound traffic, according to Barry McRoy, chief of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
McRoy said the 56-year-old man was “critically injured.” “The male driver was semi-conscious, and partially out of the vehicle,” when we arrived, said McRoy.
“He was wearing a seatbelt, but suffered multiple injuries, as well as a head injury,” he said. “He was trapped in the wreckage.”
Local firefighter-paramedics used Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver’s door and pull him from the truck. “A medical helicopter was requested, but the closest helicopters were on other assignments,” said McRoy.
The man was transported by ambulance to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.
Additionally, local crews worked to remove debris from the roadway. According to McRoy, northbound traffic on I-95 was blocked for about 30 minutes while the road was cleared.
This crash is under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.