Serious vehicle accident sends Lifenet helicopter to Chapin for patient pickup
Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – A serious vehicle accident that occurred in the 1800 block of Amicks Ferry Road out of Chapin Friday night trapped at least one person in the vehicle and injured someone so severely that they had to be flown by helicopter to the hospital. The crash was first reported before 9:00 p.m. and the caller gave 1810 Amicks Ferry Road as the closest address. A check of Google Maps shows that is close to Spinnaker Pointe Drive near Timberlake. Details are few at this point and no agency has released whether this crash involved one or more vehicles or how many people in total were injured or involved.
The fire service’s first crew out of Amicks Ferry station arrived quickly and reported that they had someone heavily trapped in the wreckage of a mangled vehicle. At that point, Ladder 11 out of the fire station on East Boundary Street in Chapin responded with heavy rescue tools to cut and pry the injured person from that vehicle. Lexington County EMS’ crew on the scene accessed the status of the person most seriously injured and requested the response of a Lifenet helicopter. That chopper was dispatched to the landing zone at Murray Lindler and Chapin Roads to the prearranged landing area there. The fire engine out of Crossroads station responded to establish the landing zone. Eventually, the patient was transported by ground ambulance to the LZ and handed off to the chopper’s crew who then flew the person to the trauma center at Palmetto Richland.
The North Region EMS supervisor responded to the wreck as did the fire service’s battalion chief out of Lexington. The battalion chief stopped at the landing zone where the helicopter had landed. These senior supervisors moved additional equipment around to cover areas whose crews and equipment were committed to the rescue and helicopter landing.
The condition of the person who was flown is not known at this point. Their health and condition are protected by federal privacy laws. The SCHP, the agency that would be in charge of investigating the crash, hasn’t posted any information regarding the cause of the collision or if anyone will be charged as a result of the accident.