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Vehicle crashes into home turned business on South Lake Drive early Friday morning

Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) A vehicle left the road and crashed into a home turned business in the 1200 block of South Lake Drive near the Carolina Materials landfill early Friday morning. This happened at 5:00 a.m. causing Lexington County’s 911 center to dispatch fire trucks, EMS personnel and units, and specially equipped collapse equipment. The fire service uses this type of equipment to prop up or stabilize anything that may be in danger of collapsing further on the patients or the first responders as they work.

When the first fire engine arrived on scene, they found that a vehicle had hit the building and entered it to the point that the occupants couldn’t get out. The battalion chief out of Lexington arrived shortly after and reported they weren’t truly trapped, they just needed assistance getting out of the vehicle because of the extent in which the car had gone into the structure. The firefighters quickly assisted with that while others searched the business to ensure no one was inside or injured. Once the occupants of the car were removed, they were turned over to EMS to be checked out. Law enforcement officers had already arrived on the scene and they quickly documented the crash and then called for a wrecker. As South Lake Drive is a major commuter artery, it was important that the accident be cleared as quickly as possible so that it wouldn’t cause a major traffic problem as the commute began.

Firefighters did request that SCE&G respond to secure the electrical service to the business. They arrived and removed the service so that there wouldn’t be a problem once the car was removed and the structural damage to the business was assessed by a building inspector or contractor. As of 6:00 a.m. Friday morning, there were no emergency crews on the scene and the danger to anyone had passed. The SCHP was there with the recovery driver making his report.

Lexington County hasn’t said if anyone was injured in the wreck or whether they transported anyone to the hospital. The SCHP was on scene but they haven’t released any results of their investigation into the crash.

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