Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews remove entrapped driver from overturned SUV Monday

08/05/2014 9:56 AM

08/05/2014 9:58 AM

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews removed an entrapped driver from an overturned SUV on U.S. 601 at I-20 Monday morning.

U.S. 601 was shut down for about 30 minutes Monday while .

Battalion 1, Training 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10 responded to the scene and requested the LifeNet medical helicopter for the victim, according to Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray.

Firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicle and extricated the patient from the SUV by removing all of the passenger side doors, Ray said.

“It took our crews about 10 minutes from the time they began extrication to remove the patient from the SUV until the time the trauma patient was loaded into the LifeNet helicopter,” Ray said. “I am very pleased with the job everyone performed during this incident, and I certainly pray for the best for the patient that our crews rescued.”

Investigators say the SUV came off Interstate 20 westbound, clipped a guard rail beside the interstate before the exit, sailed over the side of the interstate and landed onto U.S. 601 in the median onto the guard rails upside down, Ray said.

Ray said no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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