Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – A serious car accident at Cassidy Road and SC Hwy. 6 just north of Swansea trapped at least one in an overturned vehicle, and injured a patient to the extent that the EMS crew requested that a helicopter respond for a faster transport. The call was dispatched at approximately 2:20 p.m. Friday and blocked Hwy. 6 completely for some time.
The first arriving crews from EMS and fire reported that they did have someone trapped in the wreckage, and that the overturned vehicle would require the firefighters to use special rescue tools to be able to free the man. The extrication was completed quickly and the EMS unit immediately drove to the landing zone to transfer the patient to the helicopter. In total, the extrication and transfer to the helicopter for the flight to the trauma center took less than 45 minutes.
Another fire engine was dispatched to that landing zone to set up the area for the helicopter's approach. That crew checks the ground for debris, marks the landing zone, and communicates any hazards like power lines and trees to the pilot before he makes his approach. They also monitor the area in case there’s a problem with the helicopter as it approaches and takes off with the patient.
The extent of the patient’s injuries was not released by the county. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.