WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Emergency officials say three people were severely injured in a head-on collision involving three vehicles on Charleston Highway in Walterboro Thursday afternoon.
According to Colleton Fire and Rescue officials, the incident happened in the 10000 block of Charleston Highway at Horseshoe Creek, halfway between between Jacksonboro and the Neyles Community.
Authorities say at 3:47 p.m., a Honda Pilot and Dodge Grand Caravan collided at a high rate of speed on the bridge in the east bound lane.
"The vehicles were then struck by an east bound Honda Accord," CCFR officials said."One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the collision."
A report states other motorists stopped to help the injured people and pushed the Honda Accord away from the burning vehicles.
"The bystanders then pulled the three injured people from the burning the cars, dragging them a safe distance from the wreckage saving their lives," CCFR officials said.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials said their units arrived minutes later to find two vehicles blocking the roadway and fully involved on the bridge.
"Firefighter-Paramedics began treating the injured patients until other units arrived to extinguish the fire," CCFR officials said."Two additional Fire-Rescue Ambulances were requested, bringing Medic 1 and Medic 9 to the scene."
According to authorities, an unconscious 18-year-old female was in critical condition suffering from multiple traumatic injuries.
She was transported to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston.
"An adult male also suffered severe injuries to his legs and was transported to the Trauma Center at MUSC by Medic 1,"CCFR officials said."Medic 9 transported a 20 year old male with multiple injuries to Colleton Medical Center."
A report states the driver of the Honda Accord denied being hurt.
"Firefighters used on 1-3/4 handline from Engine 2 to extinguish the fire," CCFR officials said."The roadway was completely blocked for two hours while the SCHP conducted their investigation."