Man saves his friend

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Two people were sent to the trauma center at MUSC following a two-vehicle high speed crash in the 6500 block of Jacksonboro Rd near Muskrat Lane north of I’ons Crossroads Tuesday Dec. 31 at 2:14 a.m. A southbound 1998 Ford pickup truck was disabled in the roadway with mechanical problems when it was struck in the rear by a southbound Chevrolet passenger car, causing heavy damage to both vehicles. The pickup truck was pushed approximately 100 feet and spun around in the road. The 19-year-old male front seat passenger was ejected from the truck through the driver’s side door as the truck spun, landing unconscious in the water-filled ditch with the truck coming to rest over him. The 25-year-old male driver of the pickup exited the truck and pulled him from under the vehicle. The driver said he performed CPR to revive his friend. The 19-year-old man was conscious when firefighter-paramedics arrived a few minutes later. The 26-year-old male driver of the Chevrolet suffered multiple non-life threatening injuries. The pickup driver was not injured. Both injured patients were treated at the scene, immobilized then transported to the trauma center at MUSC by ambulances. Jacksonboro Road was blocked by the wrecked vehicles and debris for a little over an hour until the scene could be cleared by the wrecker companies. Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with traffic control and detoured traffic until the vehicles were removed. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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