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Lugoff Fire-Rescue saves woman and child from rising waters

Posted: September 21, 2014 2:04 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Lugoff Fire-Rescue had a busy Friday morning, including a head-on collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle on U.S. 601.

Heavy rains Friday morning caused traffic problems in western Kershaw County. Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews were dispatched around 6 a.m. Friday to Training Track Drive inside the Saddlebrook Subdivision off U.S. 1 in Lugoff for a vehicle partially submerged in water with passengers trapped inside.

A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived first on the scene and reported to the fire crews that the water was up to the passenger’s knees inside the small car. An adult female and small child were still inside the vehicle with the water rising from flash flooding. LF-R crews drove the rescue truck into the water as close to the vehicle as possible then entered the vehicle in the water and removed the passengers. The crew then drove the passengers back home inside the subdivision for safety during the storm around 6:30 a.m.

“This was a best-case scenario for our crews as the water did not rise too far inside the vehicle before our crews made access to the passengers, LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said in a press release Friday. “The greatest danger to everyone was the lightning from the storm while our crews were in the water and rain during the rescue. Everyone did a great job and no one was injured in the incident.”

Ray said it appeared the vehicle stalled in the water when the driver came to the stop sign in the street.

Once the vehicle stalled, it was deep in the water and the passengers could not exit as water came into the cab. Preliminary investigation showed the very heavy rain could not drain fast enough and led to substantial accumulation of water in the street.

The Kershaw County School District was also notified to re-route school bus traffic in the area and the Kershaw County Public Works department was dispatched to the scene to look at the drainage issue.

The flash flooding from the storm caused roadway flooding from overflowing ditches and ponding of water in low lying areas of Lugoff.

By 9 a.m., most of the ditches had drained and roadways improved from the flash flooding, Ray reported.

LF-R crews also responded to a head-on collision with injuries on U.S. 601 in front of the Pilot Station as well as a motor vehicle collision with injuries on U.S. 1 at S.C. 34 in Lugoff. Lanes were blocked at the time of the press release and SC Highway Patrol units were on the scene controlling traffic.

KershawHealth EMS responded to both crashes with the LF-R  crews, Ray said.

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