Emergency crews rescue driver trapped in car filled with water

Emergency crews rescue driver trapped in car filled with water

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews rescued an 18-year-old man who was trapped in an overturned car filled with water.

Officials with Colleton County Fire Rescue say the incident happened Sunday afternoon when a convertible left the roadway at the 1500 block of Maple Ridge Road in Walterboro.

According to emergency officials, the car left the roadway in a curve and entered the woods. It then struck two large pine trees and a utility pole before careening into two more trees and flipping over into a water filled ditch.

Authorities say the driver was trapped upside down with his head in the water.

CCFR officials say a man who lived closed by, heard what he described as a loud bang, but did not see any wreckage from his home.

When he went to investigate, he saw a car deep in the woods and could hear someone screaming inside. The man then called 911 and attempted to help the driver.

Emergency crews worked for 15 minutes to free the driver, and used air bags to raise the car.

The driver sustained critical injuries, and was transported to MUSC.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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