Lexington County, SC – Lexington County EMS and fire service personnel dealt with several serious car accidents over the weekend. In at least two cases, firefighters had to utilize the Jaws of Life to extricate victims who were trapped in the crumpled wreckage of their vehicles.
On Friday evening, a terrible wreck trapped two near the intersection of Hwy. 321 south and Old Wire Road between Gaston and Cayce. Firefighters from Gaston, Swansea, and South Congaree responded as did field level supervisors from both EMS and the fire service.
EMS personnel evaluated the patients while the fire crews used the hydraulic rescue tools to cut the patients from the twisted wreckage. Because of the seriousness of the injuries to the victims, the Lifenet helicopter was requested.
Firefighters from another fire station set up the landing zone for the helicopter close by as the patients were being extricated and packaged for transport. The most seriously injured was flown to the trauma center at Palmetto Health Richland for treatment. The second trapped patient was eventually freed and was transported by ground to a local hospital for treatment as well.
As of this writing, there were no reports on the condition of the individuals that were injured in the crash. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating its cause.
On Saturday night, another crash forced emergency personnel to close Calks Ferry Road where it intersects with Nazareth Road in the Boiling Springs area of the county. The call for help came in at approximately 7:00 p.m.
When firefighters from the county’s Boiling Springs fire station arrived on the scene, the found one car overturned and off in the woods. There was a patient trapped in that wreckage.
Once again, the firefighters had to deploy their hydraulic rescue equipment to free the person that was trapped by the wreckage of the car. While they were working on this, the rescuers from EMS attended to the patient and prepared for transport.
The victim of this wreck was transported to a local medical facility to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. Troopers from the SC Highway Patrol are investigating its cause.