Firefighter injured in multivehicle crash on Highway 17 Wednesday morning

Source: Live 5
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 7:32 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 12:17 PM EST
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said they are continuing to investigate and Wednesday morning crash that sent one person to the hospital.

Deputies said they responded to a crash around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 17 at Davison Road in the Ravenel area.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrew Knapp said a tractor-trailer traveling south on Highway 17 collided with a Chevrolet SUV that was turning left onto Highway 17.

Knapp said the SUV was a marked St. John’s Fire vehicle and that the driver of the vehicle was trapped and crews were able to extract the driver. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, Knapp said.

St. Johns Fire Chief Ryan Kunitzer confirmed the driver was a St. John’s firefighter.

Knapp said both drivers were wearing seat belts and the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

“The fire SUV was not responding to a call at the time of the crash,” Knapp said. “An initial investigation indicates the tractor-trailer has disregarded a red light.”

Wednesday night, the St. John’s Fire District posted an update on the injured firefighter on Facebook.

In the update, fire officials say Assistant Fire Chief Chris Whaley was in stable but critical condition.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office’s traffic bureau is investigating the crash.

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