At approximately 10:35 PM on August 3rd, 2014, the Pageland Rescue Squad and First Health EMS were dispatched to a vehicle crash at 5008 Wolf Pond Rd. outside of Pageland South Carolina.
Responders from the Pageland Rescue Squad arrived on scene and found that a Toyota Highlander had left the roadway and struck two trees. The crash resulted in major damage to the front and driver’s side of the Toyota, trapping the driver inside. Rescuers notified dispatch that the driver was trapped which resulted in High Point Fire District and an additional First Health Ambulance being dispatched to the scene.
Rescuers set up scene lighting and staged the necessary tools near the Toyota. Rescuers insured that the Toyota’s power had been cut and then stabilized it with cribbing. The driver was covered with a heavy blanket to protect him from glass and sharp edges and vehicle trim was pulled aside to check for hidden air bag components. Rescuers then used the cutter from their Jaws of Life rescue system to cut the driver’s door hinge and the middle door post which opened the entire side of the Toyota giving First Health Paramedics ample room to safely treat and removed the driver.
High Point Firefighters had arrived and set up an engine and ladder truck to block the south bound lane of Wolf Pond Road, providing a safe working area for Rescuers and Paramedics. Firefighters then used their thermal imaging camera to check the Toyota’s seats for heat signatures that might indicate a passenger had been in the vehicle, but found none.
Paramedics from First Health EMS treated the driver on scene and transported him to the helipad at CMC-Union in Monroe NC. The driver was placed on an awaiting helicopter and flown to the trauma center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte NC with possible life threatening injuries.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.