Man trapped in wreckage after car hits tree near Chapin
Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – A car hit a tree near 457 Amicks Ferry Road close to Chapin Wednesday trapping a man in his 50’s under the steering wheel. The accident was reported just before 2:00 p.m. Lexington County EMS responded and firefighters from all three Chapin area fire stations. The North Region battalion chief from Lexington also went enroute from the Lexington area. Because of the chief’s extended response time, and to have more manpower and an additional set of extrication tools on scene, he asked for assistance from the Irmo Fire District. They sent their battalion chief and a truck equipped for auto extrication with its own set of tools.
The EMS crew began providing patient care while the firefighters went to work to extricate the entrapped man. They first had to stabilize the car and ensure that nothing overhead had been knocked loose that would fall on them while they worked. Because the man was trapped under the steering wheel when his car hit the tree, they had to carefully lift it off him without causing him any further injury. It took over an hour, but once the man was freed from the twisted car, he was transferred to an EMS unit for transport to the hospital.
The SC Highway Patrol will oversee the accident investigation. At this time, they haven’t released any information regarding its cause or if any charges will be filed.