COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Six people were transported to Colleton Medical Center following a high speed, single car motor vehicle collision on Interstate 95 near the 41-mile marker southbound at the Colleton-Hampton County line Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday at 3:07 p.m. initial reports to Colleton 911 advised a silver car crashed into a tree in the median, but the caller did not provide information regarding injuries. The accident occurred during a thunderstorm, according to officials with the Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
Officials stated that it appeared the car left the roadway, slide sideways and the passenger side struck the trees in the median. Emergency crews arrived to find the heavily damaged Chevrolet Equinox off the roadway at the tree line.
Officials found two critical patients and began treating a 13-year-old female for severe multiple traumatic injuries. A Hampton County EMS unit arrived a short time later and assisted with the patients.
According to officials, emergency crews rapidly transported the 13-year-old to Colleton Medical Center with additional Firefighter-Paramedics on board to assist with the patient care. The patient went into cardiac arrest during the transport. Crews performed resuscitative efforts enroute to the hospital.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials stated that the patient did not survive her injuries. Hampton County EMS transported the second critical patient and one other patient to Colleton Medical Center and Fire-Rescue transported the remaining patients.
The second critical patient was stabilized at Colleton Medical Center, then flown by the C.A.R.E. Flight helicopter to a Charleston Trauma Center after the storm passed. The family was from North Carolina.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.