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Serious car crash requires long extrication of patient, Lifenet helicopter response

Fairview, SC (Paul Kirby) A vehicle accident near the intersection of Calks Ferry and James Dunbar Roads forced emergency responders to spend more than an hour extricating a seriously injured patient who was trapped in the wreckage. The accident happened about 8:45 p.m., and the firefighters worked with heavy extrication tools to free the trapped victims for more than an hour.

EMS personnel on the scene determined early on that a patient was so severely injured that they would benefit from air transport by one of Lifenet’s helicopters. Originally, additional fire and law enforcement personnel set up a landing zone and the helicopter sat at the intersection of Longs Pond Rd. and I-20, a distance of about 11 miles from the scene of the accident. As the extrication continued, the pilot and emergency crews assessed the situation and decided to lift off and land near the intersection where the wreck occurred.

Engine 24 out of Red Bank moved from the original landing zone to the scene and assisted in setting up the second landing zone there. This fire service presence at a landing zone provides an additional level of safety for the choppers, the emergency workers on the ground, the patient being transported, and anyone else that may be in the area. Eventually, the most severely injured patient was extricated and transferred to the helicopter for the flight to Palmetto Richland’s Trauma Center in Columbia. Another patient was transported by ground.

During the process of freeing the injured from the car, the road at the intersection was shut down by law enforcement and the fire service. This is done to ensure the safety of the emergency crews who are concentrating on working to care for the patients. There was also a tree knocked down that caused an obstruction of a portion of the road.

The scene was cleared sometime around 10 p.m. There are no reports on the name of the injured people involved in the crash or their condition.

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