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Pickup, bus crash sends two to area hospitals

Posted: August 21, 2015 2:55 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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A pickup truck is crushed between a school bus and some trees off the side of I-20 eastbound between Lugoff and Camden near the rest area. Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews said the two vehicles collided, drove off the highway and into the trees. Crews extricated the driver of the pickup; a helicopter transported him to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. The bus, being delivered to a school district in another state, was empty except for its driver, who went to KershawHealth to be examined.

Two drivers sustained injuries Thursday evening on I-20 when a pickup truck and school bus collided, drove off the highway and into nearby trees.

According to Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Dennis Ray, the crash occurred around 8:15 p.m. near mile marker 94 eastbound near the rest area.

LF-R crews arrived to find a Ford pickup truck with the driver trapped inside. Rescue crews had to work between two trees and the bus to extricate the driver from the badly damaged truck. Ray said crews used specialized tools to cut away parts of the truck so the driver could be removed. A helicopter transported him to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia. Ray said the Camden Fire Department closed down I-20 for a brief time so a landing zone could be established for the LifeNet helicopter.

He said the school bus was new and was being delivered to a school district in another state, and was unoccupied except for the driver. He was taken to KershawHealth for examination, Ray said.

“Our personnel were faced with a very difficult extrication when they arrived due to the extent of the damage to the pickup truck and the location of the truck between the trees and the bus. Our crews had to work carefully in a very tight area in order to remove the patient from the mangled pickup without causing further injury,” Ray said. “Our new rescue tool technology really paid off and gave our staff maneuverability in the tight area. I could not ask for a better extrication performed by our staff and I am very pleased with how they handled the incident. Our thoughts are with the driver they rescued for a hopeful recovery.” 

Ray said one lane of I-20 reopened around 9:30 p.m. and Lugoff crews cleared the scene around 10:30 p.m.. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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