Highway Patrol: One killed, another injured in Colleton County crash

Highway Patrol: One killed, another injured in Colleton County crash

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - One person was killed and a second injured in a single-vehicle crash along I-95 in Colleton County on Friday afternoon.

A Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on I-95 near Mile Marker 49 at approximately 5:40 p.m. when it ran off the road and struck a tree, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.

The passenger of the vehicle, whose identity has not yet been released, was killed.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to an area medical center, Collins said. No charges have been filed but the crash remains under investigation, he said.

According to officials with the Colleton County Fire and Rescue department, the deceased person was a man from Walterboro, while the injured subject is a woman.

"The female driver, suffered multiple injuries and was flown by helicopter to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. Multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported the car left the roadway and rolled over several times before striking several trees," CCFR officials said.

According to officials, the Jeep Cherokee suffered heavy damage in the collision, trapping both occupants.

"Firefighter-Paramedics arrived to find the car upright in the median against two large trees," CCFR officials said."The female driver was conscious. The male occupant had no signs of life."

Crews used Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver's door and displace some debris to free the woman, authorities said.

A medical helicopter was placed on standby at Colleton Medical Center.

"Once the extrication was completed, the woman was treated at the scene, then rapidly transported to CMC to meet with LifeNet 4," CCFR officials said."The Coroner's Office was notified and responded to the scene."

Authorities said the man was eventually transported from the scene by the Coroner's Office.

Northbound traffic on I-95 was down to one lane for four hours until the accident could be cleared and backed up for six miles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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