COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 73-year-old man died Monday after rescue officials believe he suffered a medical emergency just before crashing his truck into trees near Ruffin.
According to Colleton County Fire & Rescue Chief Barry McRoy, the wreck happened on Ruffin Road just west of Big Hill Road around 3 p.m. McRoy said the motorist and his wife were heading east in his Chevrolet pickup when the truck left the road, crossed over into the westbound lane, and struck a driveway culvert, causing the truck to go airborne before striking several trees.
McRoy said they suspected the man suffered a "medical emergency" just before the crash. Bystanders who stopped by said the victim was semiconscious when they pulled him from the wreckage, but he went into cardiac arrest shortly thereafter.
The man's wife was wearing a seatbelt and suffered non-life-threatening, traumatic injuries, according to McRoy.
Bystanders performed CPR on the man, and he was taken to Colleton Medical Center, but he did not survive. The man's wife was also taken to Colleton Medical Center.
The Colleton County Coroner's Office has not released the man's name.