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LF-R responds to SUV that fell off I-20 overpass

Posted: August 7, 2014 3:46 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews work the scene of an accident involving an SUV that managed to drive off the side of an I-20 overpass, falling to U.S. 601 below. Crews had to remove all the passenger side doors in order to extricate the driver, who was flown to a Columbia hospital.


Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to U.S. 601 at I-20 in Lugoff for an overturned vehicle with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Monday. Battalion 1, Training 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10 responded to the scene to find a sports utility vehicle (SUV) overturned against a guard rail in the median.

Battalion 1 took command and requested a LifeNet medical helicopter for a trauma patient trapped inside the overturned vehicle, which sustained major damage from the crash. Lugoff firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicle and extricated the patient from the SUV by removing all the passenger side doors. KershawHealth EMS provided medical care to the patient until the LifeNet helicopter crew transported the patient to Palmetto Richland Trauma Center.

LF-R crews helped with landing the LifeNet helicopter on U.S. 601 at the incident scene with the assistance from the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP), Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department, the S.C. Forestry Commission and an engine from the Blaney Fire Department. Officials closed U.S. 601 for about 30 minutes while crews attended to the incident.

“It took our crews around 10 minutes from the time they began extrication to remove the patient from the SUV until the time the trauma patient was loaded into the LifeNet helicopter,” LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said. “I am very pleased with the job everyone performed during this incident and I certainly pray for the best for the patient that our crews rescued. As heavily-traveled as this area is, it is amazing that multiple vehicles were not involved in this crash.”

Preliminary investigations determined the SUV came off of I-20 westbound, clipped a guard rail beside the interstate before the exit, sailed over the side of the interstate, and landed on U.S. 601 upside down on the median guard rails. The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was the only injury in the single-vehicle incident. The SCHP is investigating the crash.

LF-R crews responded again around 11:30 a.m. to the same location for another vehicle crash with injuries. That crash had minor injuries and only shut down one lane of U.S. 601 for a few minutes. Crews cleared that incident around noon, Ray said.



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