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SCDPS confirms fatality in morning head-on collision near Sandy Run

Sandy Run, SC (Paul Kirby) The SC Dept. of Public Safety has confirmed that there has been a fatality in the head-on collision that occurred Friday morning near Sardis Baptist Church on St. Matthews Road in Sandy Run. The first calls regarding the crash came in at 7:22 a.m.

According to the first callers, the vehicles collided head-on, trapping the drivers of the cars in the wreckage. The first arriving fire equipment quickly began asking for additional manpower and resources once they had assessed the gravity of the situation.

St. Matthews Road was completely closed as the firefighters and EMTs worked feverishly to extricate the seriously injured patient from the mangled cars. Sheriff’s deputies helped to keep the rescuers safe by blocking traffic as they worked in the road performing the extrication process.

A medical helicopter was requested and responded to a landing zone close by. Another fire truck was dispatched to that location to check the conditions of the landing zone before the helicopter made its approach. That team of firefighters talks with the pilot while the helicopter is on approach regarding the condition of the landing area. They also notify him of any obstructions close by, clear the area of foreign objects or debris that could be sucked into the helicopter's engine, and stand fireguard in case something occurs as the helicopter lands and takes off.

Eventually, the firefighters were able to extricate the patient who was still alive. That patient was transported by ground crews in an ambulance to the landing zone. The helicopter then flew her to the trauma center at Palmetto Richland for treatment.

Battalion 2, the on-scene commander out of South Congaree who was supervising the extrication process, confirmed to the county’s communication center that there was a fatality as a result of the collision. The emergency crews on the scene were standing by to extricate the fatality until the proper agencies could arrive to begin their investigation into the cause of the accident.

Lexington County had fire resources from Sandy Run, Swansea, Sharpe’s Hill, Gaston, South Congaree, and Mack Edisto assisting in one capacity or another. Additionally, there were several EMS units dispatched to the crash along with their supervisory staff, sheriff’s deputies, and troopers from the SCHP. Staff members from the Lexington County Coroner’s Office are also enroute to the scene at this time.

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